How to Cook Everything

How to Cook Everything

The Basics : All You Need to Make Great Food

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Hoboken, N. J. : Wiley, c2012
ISBN: 9780470528068
Branch Call Number: 641.5 BIT NVD
Characteristics: ix, 486 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Yanes, Romulo A.


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Mar 22, 2017

Bought book 2017.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

Mark Bittman is a cooking samurai. This book completely changed the way I cook and think about food. Bittman has a way of explaining the process and the possible variations that makes cooking a limitless science. I love all of the author's cookbooks, but this one holds a special place in my heart because it transformed my life. Unfortunately, all non-Bittman cookbooks now disappoint me.

Nov 21, 2014

This was surprising. I thought it was what the title says: basic cooking. Not at all. Yes it covers very well the basic techniques with great illustrations, but then it goes on to give really interesting and great tasting recipes. For example it will give the basic "blueprint" on how to buy amd cook grains. and then will give wonderful recipes and variations for every grain on the market. I am going to buy this for my young niece as a present.

Aug 20, 2013

Very good basic cooking book.

May 02, 2012

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.


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this book is awesome! i think you should read it if you love cooking. You learn SO MANY GREAT RECIPIES! I definetly think you should read it anyway! you can find different skills and recipies you may have never heard of!

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