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How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food Hardcover – Oct 20 2008


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  • Hardcover: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc; 10 edition (Oct. 20 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470398574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470398579
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 5.7 x 23.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"How to Cook Everything is a masterwork of huge proportions...this is a culinary classic...will not disappoint." (MostlyFood.co.uk, July 2009) 'Abulky, considerable resource that will probably last you a lifetime' (YUM.fi, July 2012)

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How do you update a classic? For his bestselling, award-winning How to Cook Everything—the modern bible of home cooking—Mark Bittman started from scratch, going page by page, recipe by recipe, carefully blending the best of the beloved original with appealing new recipes and fresh, current information. The result is an even more useful and authoritative cookbook, ready to inform, inspire, and guide new and accomplished cooks alike—the single book to turn to for every kitchen endeavor.

Bittman has added hundreds of new dishes, and completely updated the remaining recipes and every line of guidance. New features abound: Each chapter now opens with "Essential Recipes," a section that highlights the core dishes for every cook's repertoire, such as building blocks for simple soups or ten ways to cook any seafood. He has also expanded the chapters on vegetables and fruits, grains, beans, and desserts. New charts will help you customize recipes with a variety of flavors and ingredients, and new how-to illustrations bring the total to nearly 400. With this revision, Bittman also tags fast, make-ahead, and vegetarian recipes with icons for easy menu planning.

The new How to Cook Everything provides a lifetime's worth of quick, simple, and delicious options. Its 2,000 recipes and variations cover everything from Pad Thai and Carrot Salad with Cumin to Simplest Whole Roast Chicken, Six Ways and Traditional Apple Pie. All of the recipes are easy to prepare—more than half can be completed in 30 minutes (many in even less time)—and none requires special equipment or fancy techniques. Throughout, the emphasis is on fresh, widely available ingredients and healthy, uncomplicated preparations.

As always, Bittman's recipes are instantly appealing, uniquely accessible, and refreshingly straightforward. And many of the special features you loved in the original are still here, too, fully updated. Bittman's thoughtful and inspiring sidebars and lists (like "Twenty-Five Pasta Sauces You Can Make in Advance") and suggested menus for every occasion make How to Cook Everything more valuable and indispensable than ever—the one cookbook you need for fast and flavorful home-cooked food every day of the year.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 22 2009
Format: Hardcover
As someone who was banished from the kitchen by my mother (except for dish-washing chores), I have always had lots of questions about what to do and when for the kinds of dishes I like. My wife was similarly banished so we are like the blind leading the blind. Our mothers' culinary skills caused us to appreciate great home-cooked food, but unable to provide it for ourselves. As a result, we are fond of cookbooks where you toss a few ingredients together and get something tasty in a few minutes. We also look forward to restaurant meals where great flavors are experienced beyond what our mothers gave us.

That seemed to me like where we would stay until I found the Completely Revised Tenth Anniversary Edition of How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. With this book, I can create almost anything I used to enjoy at my mom's house or in a restaurant. I also feel confident about achieving those results because this book answers my unanswered questions.

I was astonished to see how many flavors I like in sauces can be created very easily. Wow!

In addition, I can now look forward to healthier eating by knowing what ingredients are being used rather than relying on so many prepared ingredients.

Thank you!

If you already know how to make great recipes from scratch, you won't be as impressed by this book as I am. In fact, you probably won't need it.

To use a metaphor, this book isn't the ultimate cook book. It's the step-up cookbook for those who have mastered the simplest kitchen preparations but want to learn how to do more and create the kind of results that you don't experience in 90 percent of American kitchens.

Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AlexG on Aug. 16 2012
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Bittman has created a real tome for cooking enthusiasts. The book, as one can imagine by the title, really does cover everything one needs to know about cooking; from basic knife skills and ingredient preparation, to creating elaborate dishes like "almond-stuffed braised squid" or "lamb curry". However, I noticed that many of the recipes are constructed so that a home cook can have some measure of success. For example, some of the recipes will not feature their classic method but instead Bittman's variation so that it's easier and more attainable. Do not expect a cookbook detailing very complex dishes or even modernist cuisine for which few of us have the equipment. But this shouldn't be a problem, because the encyclopedic nature of the book has only your imagination as its limit; it is up to you to benefit from the many recipes (organized by food category, e.g. "grains", "dairy", etc.) and create a stunning accompaniment to a main dish. What I love foremost about this book is the priority given to the written word rather than to pictures. I would say that the book is 95% writing and the advantage to this is that Bittman practically talks to you, walking you through the recipes and explaining details about the ingredients and techniques. Rather than the typical cookbook that is instead too many pictures with insufficient explanation, Bittman greatly accomplished the opposite. Ironically, this is perhaps the only problem with the book (hence my four stars). Even though there are well-drawn black-and-white illustrations and superb "summary" tables, there isn't enough demonstration of technique or color photos of the finished dish. Explaining a technique is just incomparable to watching a video of a professional executing that technique.Read more ›
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I love this cookbook. The recipes are easy to follow, taste great, and Bittman includes advice about how to take it up another few notches.
I recommend it to anyone who wants know how to cook anything.
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lots of good recipes and tips well written recipes for everything from soup to nuts . recommend for anyone looking for a good cookbook
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this was the best cookbook i ever bought. it has tons of sauces and tells you how to use them....so many things i can't even remember them all....you won't be let down...its what i expected a gordon ramsay cookbook shoul have but failed to deliver
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Probably one of the best cookbooks you can buy.
If you're looking for glossy pictures, this book isn't for you.
This is a cookbook, not a picture book.
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By drhook798 on Sept. 21 2014
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would have been nice to have some pictures
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