Though French cuisine often comes with a side of “that’s-too-difficult-to-make-at-home,” the basic methods — building a sauce, deglazing, braising, poaching — are quite simple and will carry you far.

In fact, as Food & Wine Culinary Director Justin Chapple points out, “French technique has influenced how we cook at home so much, that you probably already know more than you think.”

There are a ton of classic and approachable recipes out there for even the greenest cook.

From aioli and bouillabaisse to clafoutis, here are the ABC’s of French cooking.

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