In my humble opinion, a perfectly cooked steak is the finest meal there is. This remains true even if you're vegetarian. Sorry. Unfortunately, the "perfectly cooked" part is easier said than done, especially when it comes to thicker or oddly shaped cuts.
If your steak always comes out too tough or unevenly cooked, this infographic can help -- it provides pointers for nine popular cuts of steak, from beef rump to filet mignon.
The infographic below comes from self-repair service Replacementparts.com. In addition to listing the best cooking method for different types of steak, it also breaks down the texture, price point and how much seasoning each cut requires if you want it to pass muster.
For detailed cooking tips, you will need to look elsewhere but as a steak primer this isn't too bad. If you're after personal recommendations, it's hard to go past a nice sirloin lightly rubbed with olive oil, salt and pepper. Mmmm. I'm totally heading to the butcher's on the way home now.
Here's the graphic. [Note: In Australia, a New York Strip is sometimes referred to as a Porterhouse steak.]
A perfect porterhouse is the holy grail of the steak world, so they can be pretty expensive. Here are some tips on picking a good one so you don't end up paying porterhouse prices for sub-par beef.