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How to Cook Everything

The Basics : All You Need to Make Great Food--with 1,000 Photos
Bittman, Mark (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
How to Cook Everything


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The next best thing to having Mark Bittman in the kitchen with you Mark Bittman's highly acclaimed, bestselling book How to Cook Everything is an indispensable guide for any modern cook. With How to Cook Everything The Basics he reveals how truly easy it is to learn fundamental techniques and recipes. From dicing vegetables and roasting meat, to cooking building-block meals that include salads, soups, poultry, meats, fish, sides, and desserts, Bittman explains what every home cook, particularly novices, should know. 1,000 beautiful and instructive photographs throughout the book reveal key preparation details that make every dish inviting and accessible. With clear and straightforward directions, Bittman's practical tips and variation ideas, and visual cues that accompany each of the 185 recipes, cooking with How to Cook Everything The Basics is like having Bittman in the kitchen with you. This is the essential teaching cookbook, with 1,000 photos illustrating every technique and recipe; the result is a comprehensive reference that's both visually stunning and utterly practical. Special Basics features scattered throughout simplify broad subjects with sections like "Think of Vegetables in Groups," "How to Cook Any Grain," and "5 Rules for Buying and Storing Seafood." 600 demonstration photos each build on a step from the recipe to teach a core lesson, like "Cracking an Egg," "Using Pasta Water," "Recognizing Doneness," and "Crimping the Pie Shut." Detailed notes appear in blue type near selected images. Here Mark highlights what to look for during a particular step and offers handy advice and other helpful asides. Tips and variations let cooks hone their skills and be creative.
Authors: Bittman, Mark
Title: How to cook everything
The basics : all you need to make great food--with 1,000 photos
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. :, Wiley,, c2012.
Characteristics: ix, 486 p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm.
Notes: Includes index.
Contents: Why cook?
Getting started
Breakfast
Appetizers and snacks
Salads
Soups and stews
Pasta and grains
Vegetables and beans
Meat
Poultry
Seafood
Breads
Desserts.
ISBN: 9780470528068
0470528060
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Report This Aug 20, 2013
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very good basic cooking book.

Report This Aug 08, 2012
  • eo206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mark Bittman breaks down cooking techniques and takes them back to the basics. Everything from how to stock your kitchen to how to boil water is covered. Bittman includes recipes for each section with beautiful color pictures. I appreciated the section on how to hard boil an egg-- harder to do than it sounds!

Report This Jul 15, 2012
  • dfpoz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm a HUGE fan of Mark Bittman. He always has a great selection of mouthwatering, accessible dishes to offer the home cook. He also offers suggestions for alternatives that just makes his recipes all the more interesting. I always seem to think of some other ways to adapt his recipes, easily, to fit my family's needs, which is always nice.

Report This Jul 10, 2012
  • jbetzzall rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This guy really knows how to present the basics of cooking so that reluctant or inexperienced cooks can easily learn them. He uses less professional jargon than the standard works and provides excellent color photos to illustrate the techniques.

Report This Jul 05, 2012
  • luneray rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

More a basic reference than a "cookbook" with loads of recipes, but makes an excellent companion to other cookbooks.

Report This May 02, 2012
  • terrasapp rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the best illistrated cookbooks out there for the everyday mom making meals for her family. Easy, colorful ideas and tips on how to make your everyday meals even better.

Report This Apr 05, 2012
  • ladyshallot rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another great cookbook from Bittman for the home chef. All the basics are covered with photographs of nearly every dish! Recipes are refreshingly easy to understand, without compromising flavor or technique. Bittman offers many ways to update traditional dishes in ways that won't break the bank. No foie gras or truffles to be found here.

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