- Paperback: 960 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (March 3, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780471789185
- ISBN-13: 978-0471789185
- ASIN: 0471789186
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,663 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food Paperback – March 20, 2006
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Great food is simple to prepare. Mark Bittman has written a comprehensive book (now accompanied by an interactive CD-ROM) for every cook-- aspiring and experienced-- who longs for simple recipes that yield delicious food. It' s for first-time cooks who want to learn the basics of good cooking from a reliable contemporary source. It' s for cooks who are time-pressed and need to get healthful meals on the table with a minimum of fuss. And it' s for old pros who yearn to brighten their repertoires with innovative recipes and tempting flavors. This is the cookbook of today' s generation of cooks, setting new standards in good home cooking. How to Cook Everything(TM) was written for you. Here are more than 1,500 recipes and variations for all occasions that reflect the way you cook today. The recipes are simple to prepare. More than half can be completed in less than 30 minutes, and many more in less than 60 minutes. The emphasis is on fresh, widely available ingredients, basic equipment, and healthful techniques. The recipes are accompanied by sound serving suggestions and time-saving tips. More than 250 explicit step-by-step illustrations make preparation easier than ever. You' ll find additional special features in this exceptional book:
- Numbered steps in every recipe for ease in keeping your place
- Cooking times for every recipe
- Roasting times and temperatures as well as measurement conversions
- Helpful sidebars, such as " Twenty-Three Pasta Sauces You Can Make in Advance"
- An exhaustive menu-suggestion section
- Search the 1,500 recipes in seconds for low-fat or low-calorie options or by ingredient, cuisine, or preparation time
- Access menus created by chefs for vegetarian feasts, Super Bowl parties, family dinners, and more
- Follow 80 audio and illustrated guides for everything from carving a turkey to making bread by hand
- Create your own recipes, automatic shopping lists, and nutrition profiles for any recipe
From the Back Cover
The bestselling, one-stop reference for today's cooks!
How to Cook Everything is the basic cookbook everyone should have in the kitchen. Award-winning author Mark Bittman is one of the nation's most respected cooking authorities, with one million copies of his books sold. Now he shows you how to make great food for all occasions using fresh ingredients, simple techniques, and standard kitchen tools. With crystal-clear instructions, detailed illustrations, and a refreshingly relaxed attitude, he makes cooking delicious, easy, and fun—so that you can, too!
- More than 1,500 inspired recipes and variations
- More than 250 step-by-step illustrations
- A list of recipes that take only 30 or 60 minutes to make
- An exhaustive menu-suggestion section
- Practical cooking how-to's and kitchen equipment basics
- A vast glossary of terms and techniques
- And much, much more
"[Bittman's] goal is the simplest path to deliciousness. . . . That makes him my kitchen god."
—Lawrence Downes, The New York Times
"The best basic cookbook I've seen."
"A tour de force cookbook."
"Every kitchen needs three things . . . a good cast iron skillet, a fire extinguisher, and Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything. If you use number three, odds are you won't need number two."
—Al Roker, host, NBC's Today show and author, Al Roker's Big Bad Book of Barbecue
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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)
I haven't liked every recipe I've tried, but there's so much variety in this book that I don't mind that. Very different from some other (especially "healthy" or "simple") cookbooks where I can flip through and out of hundreds of recipes none of them sound appealing. Speaking of simplicity, here's someone who gets it. There isn't a lot of "weird" in here - these are recipes that I could make part of our regular rotation.