Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $6.04 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix: More Than 700 Simple Recipes and Techniques to Mix and Match for Endless Possibilities Hardcover – October 27, 2015
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
"From the man who tried to teach you How to Cook Everything comes this, a book on how to improvise in the kitchen. Kitchen Matrix is a somewhat genius concept: take an ingredient or dish (tomatoes), offer a few base recipes (salad, soup, stuffed, sauce), and some basic variations on those recipes (a BLT salad, or a tomato eggplant caponata sauce).
The goal is to get people comfortable going off book with their own cooking, and it's presented in a fun and engaging way. If you like the variations in the How to Cook Everything books—and there are people who think those variations are the best part—here's an entire book of them." -Epicurious
“Mark Bittman is the master of uncomplicated cooking, and fans will no doubt be familiar with the concept behind his latest cookbook: Learn a handful of basic recipes and with a little creativity, you can prepare a lifetime of satisfying meals.” – Tasting Table
"Bittman continues his winning approach to simplifying recipes for the average home cook in this terrific collection of more than 400 customizable recipes…Readers tired of the same old, same old will find this book to be a godsend, and cooks in search of new ideas are sure to find a few new culinary avenues to explore. " – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“Beautifully photographed and designed…[Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix] embraces a bold, fresh way to share recipes.” – Associated Press
“[Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix] is an immersive visual guide of his trademark dishes: basic recipes paired with inventive variations. The striking images remind us that prepping herbs and veggies is rewarding for the eyes – and the nose, too. The resulting meals are vivid and delicious.” – House Beautiful
About the Author
MARK BITTMAN has had a uniquely successful career in cookbooks and food journalism. He’s written more than a dozen books, including the now-classic How to Cook Everything and the bestselling VB6 (Vegan Before 6), which defined a new style of American eating. His 13-year New York Times column “The Minimalist” was among the most popular in the paper, and he just completed a five-year run on the OpEd pages of the Times, where he was the first (and most influential) weekly columnist tackling food issues for a major media outlet.
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The good news is that it's bigger on the inside.
The minimal design of this book packs multiple recipes on to a single page—it's the most efficient cookbook design I think I've ever seen. You start off with a master recipe, or as the cookbook calls it—universal instructions. I'll use Tomato Sauce +9 Ways on page 237 as an example. You have a master recipe for tomato sauce and eight other variations all listed on the same page. If you feel like something different than basic tomato sauce, try the tomato sauce with fresh herbs, cheesy tomato sauce, or use the recipes as inspiration to come up with a sauce all on your own. The Kitchen Matrix system is meant to inspire creativity in the kitchen and I think it does an excellent job.
As much as I love the book, the layout isn't quite perfect. It could use a little fine-tuning to make it easier to use. The chapter indexes (you know, those pages that tell you which recipes are in each chapter) are a beautiful dark orange-red with tiny black text. It's incredibly hard to read in low-light and lets face it, most kitchens have poor lighting.
The other issue I have with the book is that you have to physically turn it to read some of the recipe generators. The layout for items like vinaigrette or sandwiches aren't meant to be read from left to right as we are accustomed to, but instead top to bottom. This is a huge pain if you have a small workspace or prefer to keep your cookbooks on a stand. Fortunately there are only a small handful of these pages, but I still find them annoying.
Even though this book has a few quirks, I think it's a great. The recipes may be a little minimal for the budding cook in your life who may need more instruction at first, but as they develop their skills they'll find this book a valuable resource providing endless amounts of inspiration. For the intermediate cook looking to shake things up a bit, this is the book for you.
This book really focuses on getting an enjoyable meal on the table day in and day out. I think he does an admirable job with his "matrix" expanding concepts beyond individual recipes. I've been an improvisational cook for a long time-in fact, I'm not sure you can really call yourself a cook if you can't improvise. That said, I think this book will take any cook further along that path in an easy and approachable way. I haven't made any of the recipes yet, but he's inspiring me-I've even been thinking of ways I want to improvise on his recipes already. :)
In addition to the matrices, he also includes recipes to mix your own sauces like ketchup and teriyaki, and also how to assemble your own spice blends. Really happy to have those easily available and findable.
This is a lovely addition to my Bittman collection and I think it will be really helpful on those nights when you just can't think of anything to do for dinner--or anything you're not tired of cooking, anyhow. Very pleased.