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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (Aug. 8 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764525115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764525117
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 1.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #730,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Make a quick home-cooked meal tonight!

Ziti with Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce. Shrimp Marinara. Broiled or Grilled Chicken with Pesto. Stir-Fried Spicy Beef with Basil. With How to Cook Everything™: Quick Cooking, great-tasting, satisfying dishes like these can be made in 30 minutes or less!

Mark Bittman, the award-winning author of the bestselling kitchen classic How to Cook Everything™, shares his favorite simple–and infinitely flexible–quick recipes. You’ll be able to prepare family-pleasing everyday meals, spur-of-the-moment dinners for friends, even special-occasion feasts. To inspire you and help you plan your meals, you’ll find Bittman’s straight talk on cooking and special features, including:

  • Creative recipe variations and ideas
  • Tips for shopping, preparing, and cooking the recipes
  • Illustrations to demystify trickier techniques
  • Menu suggestions for a Weeknight Family Dinner Classic, an Elegant Dinner Party, and more
  • At-a-glance icons highlighting recipes done in 20 minutes or less

About the Author

Mark Bittman is one of America’s best-known and most widely respected food writers. He covers food policy, cooking, and eating as an Opinion columnist for The New York Times and the paper’s Sunday Magazine. He produced "The Minimalist" column for 13 years and has starred in several popular Public Television cooking series. Now a frequent public speaker, he appears regularly on the Today Show and is a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows. Bittman has authored more than a dozen cookbooks, including How to Cook Everything® The Basics, How to Cook Everything®, How to Cook Everything® Vegetarian (all available as apps), Food Matters and The Food Matters Cookbook, and the new VB6™: Eat Vegan Before 6:00. For more information go to markbittman.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 2 2003
Format: Paperback
This book has great recipes and ideas for making satisfying meals with real food in 30 minutes or less. It's for cooks with busy schedules. Includes 90 easy-to-follow quick recipes.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold on April 17 2004
Format: Paperback
Mark Bittman, a widely recognized and respected cookbook author and New York Times food columnist, has succumbed to greed. He and his publishers have split up his very well received book 'How to Cook Everything' into several separate pieces and is charging for the pieces more than the price of the original book. This volume, 'Quick Cooking' is one of the pieces.
The author and the publisher are not trying to hide this fact, although I suspect they will not shed a tear if you buy the book with the impression that this is new material.
On the surface, I am sure they will rationalize that they are doing their readers a service by providing parts of this very good book at a lower list price than the whole book. This is pure hokum. The original book is a very good contribution to the genre of 'If you own only one cookbook, this would be it' cookbook. So, why would I want to buy only part of that book? If I want a book on basics, I would do much better to buy Alton Brown's 'I'm Only Here for the Food'. If I want a book on quick cooking, I suspect one of Rachael Ray's books will be better AND cheaper.
Speaking of Herr Doktor Brown, he and his Food Network colleague Ina Garten seem to have caught the same case of avarice in that they have had knockoff volumes published with artwork which is based on their best-selling volumes, but which contain cut rate material, or maybe even no material. They are selling pure hype.
I have a great amount of respect for all three of these authors. I have even met Alton Brown and find him a truly gracious gentleman who deserves all good fortune and celebrity he can garner. But I do not wish these authors to put out products that some people can easily buy under a false expectation fostered by the product's marketing.
Do not buy this book. Buy the complete 'How to Cook Everything' and be done with it.
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73 of 82 people found the following review helpful
Bookselling Gimmick not worthy of Author's Reputation April 17 2004
By B. Marold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mark Bittman, a widely recognized and respected cookbook author and New York Times food columnist, has succumbed to greed. He and his publishers have split up his very well received book `How to Cook Everything' into several separate pieces and is charging for the pieces more than the price of the original book. This volume, `Quick Cooking' is one of the pieces.
The author and the publisher are not trying to hide this fact, although I suspect they will not shed a tear if you buy the book with the impression that this is new material.
On the surface, I am sure they will rationalize that they are doing their readers a service by providing parts of this very good book at a lower list price than the whole book. This is pure hokum. The original book is a very good contribution to the genre of `If you own only one cookbook, this would be it' cookbook. So, why would I want to buy only part of that book? If I want a book on basics, I would do much better to buy Alton Brown's `I'm Only Here for the Food'. If I want a book on quick cooking, I suspect one of Rachael Ray's books will be better AND cheaper.
Speaking of Herr Doktor Brown, he and his Food Network colleague Ina Garten seem to have caught the same case of avarice in that they have had knockoff volumes published with artwork which is based on their best-selling volumes, but which contain cut rate material, or maybe even no material. They are selling pure hype.
I have a great amount of respect for all three of these authors. I have even met Alton Brown and find him a truly gracious gentleman who deserves all good fortune and celebrity he can garner. But I do not wish these authors to put out products that some people can easily buy under a false expectation fostered by the product's marketing.
Do not buy this book. Buy the complete `How to Cook Everything' and be done with it.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
This is a repackaging of the original material, but I'm OK with that Oct. 15 2006
By Lemon Magic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Unlike many readers, I was somewhat uncomfortable with the heft and bulk of Bittman's original master tome, "How To Cook Everything". Somehow the prospect of having to search through 1000 recipes and several hundred pages for a review of some half-remembered shred of information daunted me, and I couldn't see how the book, as packaged, could hold up to the physical wear and tear of daily cooking. (See some reviewers' remarks about problems with the binding of the Big Book). So I was actually very pleased to see the author and publisher break out these smaller recompilations based around themes like "The Basics" and "Quick Cooking". I have both these smaller tomes on my shelves and find them easy to work with and employ.

One thing I've noticed about Bittman (I also have "The Minimalist Cooks DInner", and "The Minimalist At Home") is that many of these recipes are perhaps more "miminalist" than they really ought to be. Einstein once said that "things should be made as simple as possible but no simpler". There is no question that Mark Bittman knows what he is doing in the kitchen, but many of his recipes seem to skew in favor of convenience and simplicity instead of flavor and texture, and if you don't really know what you are doing, his terse directions can sometimes leave you with a 2nd rate (but still edible) dish. Even so, there are enough bits of helpful lore and advice casually sprinkled throughout his books that anyone who pays attention will improve overall in their knowledge and skills as a cook. For instance, in his recipe for a beef stir-fry, Bittman remarks about "the holy trinity of beef, onions, and ginger"; I read that and said to myself "...Yeah. YEAH. That's absolutely right, and I never thought of it quite like that!".

Many reviewers have remarked on Bittman's "calm, encouraging voice", and I think this is the true virtue of "Quick Cooking" as well. Bittman is like an older brother showing you the ropes in the kitchen, casually mentioning ideas and concepts and combinations as he goes along. In that sense, reading Bittman is more like getting a "brain dump" on his approach to cooking than a structured pedagoical work; it tends to leaves out a lot of contextual detail that might help the less skilled and intuitive kitchen mongers among us climb further up the learning curve.

On the other hand, I am never afraid to at least TRY one of his recipes, no matter how imposing it may seem at first glance. And even if I screw up, (you should have seen my first attempt at "Bangers and Mash"!) there will almost always be enough to enjoy about the results that you will probably decide to give it another shot.

Well worth owning if you don't mind the concept of repackaged material and you don't already have the original magnum opus.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The workhorse of my kitchen July 14 2008
By Maria - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I use this book more than any other on my shelf -- the recipes are so easy, so elemental, and so delicious. Bittman understands that great ingredients, particularly fish and seafood, don't need a lot of dressing up to be thrilling. The fish preparations are so good that they led me to Bittman's big book on fish; I also enjoy the steak au poivre and the lamb with red wine and shallots. "Broiled Shrimp, My Way" is a winning, lightning-quick dish that tastes a lot like the Spanish tapas dish gambas al ajillo.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The answer to my prayers!! Sept. 2 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book has great recipes and ideas for making satisfying meals with real food in 30 minutes or less. It's for cooks with busy schedules. Includes 90 easy-to-follow quick recipes.
Four Stars July 24 2014
By Perfect Smile - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very nice.


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