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How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – 22 Oct 2008
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Bittman′s How To Cook Everything , originally published in 1998, became an almost instant classic and has sold close to two million copies. This new edition has been reorganized and includes 500 new recipes and many more step–by–step illustrations. Each chapter now opens with "essential recipes" that should be in every cook′s repertoire, and there are dozens of new charts and lists throughout. Vegetarian recipes are marked with a special icon, and quick recipes–Bittman also writes "The Minimalist" column for the New York Times –and those that can be made ahead are similarly denoted; prep times are also given for all recipes. Since he wrote the first edition, Bittman has published The Best Recipes in the World and How To Cook Everything Vegetarian ; in this tenth anniversary edition, there are more recipes from cuisines around the world and more vegetarian recipes than in the original. Valuable as both a reference and a cookbook, this is an essential purchase. ( Library Journal , September 15, 2008) “…the best–value all–in–one volume available...even with more of everything to cook, this massive tome is navigable. Whether the first edition is on their shelves or not, home cooks of all skill levels will want to get this one.” ( Publishers Weekly , September 1, 2008)
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How do you update a classic? For his bestselling, award–winning How to Cook Everythingthe modern bible of home cookingMark Bittman started from scratch, going page by page, recipe by recipe, carefully blending the best of the beloved original with appealing new recipes and fresh, current information. The result is an even more useful and authoritative cookbook, ready to inform, inspire, and guide new and accomplished cooks alikethe single book to turn to for every kitchen endeavor. Bittman has added hundreds of new dishes, and completely updated the remaining recipes and every line of guidance. New features abound: Each chapter now opens with "Essential Recipes," a section that highlights the core dishes for every cook′s repertoire, such as building blocks for simple soups or ten ways to cook any seafood. He has also expanded the chapters on vegetables and fruits, grains, beans, and desserts. New charts will help you customize recipes with a variety of flavors and ingredients, and new how–to illustrations bring the total to nearly 400. With this revision, Bittman also tags fast, make–ahead, and vegetarian recipes with icons for easy menu planning. The new How to Cook Everything provides a lifetime′s worth of quick, simple, and delicious options. Its 2,000 recipes and variations cover everything from Pad Thai and Carrot Salad with Cumin to Simplest Whole Roast Chicken, Six Ways and Traditional Apple Pie. All of the recipes are easy to preparemore than half can be completed in 30 minutes (many in even less time)and none requires special equipment or fancy techniques. Throughout, the emphasis is on fresh, widely available ingredients and healthy, uncomplicated preparations. As always, Bittman′s recipes are instantly appealing, uniquely accessible, and refreshingly straightforward. And many of the special features you loved in the original are still here, too, fully updated. Bittman′s thoughtful and inspiring sidebars and lists (like "Twenty–Five Pasta Sauces You Can Make in Advance") and suggested menus for every occasion make How to Cook Everything more valuable and indispensable than everthe one cookbook you need for fast and flavorful home–cooked food every day of the year.See all Product description
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I purchased this in 2005. I figure thirteen years is a long enough trial period so I'm finally writing a review. Before I purchased this book I could grill steaks and cook pasta from the box but that was about the extent of my culinary expertise. Thanks to this book I can make eggs any way you want, or lobster bisque, or truss a bird efficiently.
This is the cookbook I pick up first. I appreciate that Bittman lays down fundamentals (examples: what equipment you should have in your kitchen, or what you need to know about buying fish) and also suggests variants for recipes. I've loaned it out to other folks probably a dozen times and most of my friends wound up buying their own copies - or borrowing mine again :)
If you're already a chef you probably won't pick up anything new but if you're just starting out in the kitchen (or starting over), you'll find it invaluable.
This will be the best cook book you'll buy, ever, and you'll save by discovering so many things you can cook from what you already have, or common ingredients and spices. I am a stay at home mom of three, and would just cringe whenever I'd serve dinner, I didn't know what the heck to cook and so it was basically a rotating menu of baked/breaded meat, mashed potatoes or plain rice, and a canned/frozen vegetable. Maybe some pasta and sauce, mac and cheese, box sides, etc. Sometimes I'd get fancy and cook a tuna or broccoli casserole. To make matters worse, I'm a strict vegetarian and s I'd only eat the sides, or pre packaged stuff. I am telling you this to say that within an hour or 2 of getting this book I was able to put together a weeks worth of much tastier, more wonderful meals that everyone loved using my crappy pantry ingredients/common spices I happened to have.
When I went grocery shopping, I knew exactly what to get and my cart was mostly pantry ingredients and fresh veggies--which was always my goal but didn't know where to start. The leftovers (especially if you freeze and rotate) make great (cheap/tasty) lunches....and there's lots of recipes that use leftovers too. I also purchased the vegetarian version, which is just as amazing!
1. How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, by: Mark Bittman (this book)
2. The Joy of Cooking (every kitchen should basically come with this book pre-installed)
3. Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, by: Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. & Zoe Francois (and the local baker hasn't seen us since)