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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Reprint edition (March 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470528060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470528068
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 3.6 x 23.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A gem for the inexperienced and experienced...this is a most useful book to add to any cookery shelf.' (Yorkshire Gazette & Herald, 30th May 2012)

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"Mark is an important voice in American home cooking, and this new book is essential for anyone wanting tasty, easy, fresh recipes."
Jamie Oliver, Celebrity Chef and Activist

Photography by Romulo Yanes

Since its publication in 1998, Mark Bittman's award-winning How to Cook Everything has become an indispensable kitchen staple. This modern classic serves as both an endlessly inspiring recipe collection and comprehensive reference for cooks of all ages and abilities.

Now, with How to Cook Everything The Basics, Bittman has provided a book for true beginners and perennial students, one that captures the pleasure and simplicity of everyday home cooking and makes it accessible to everyone, in full-color, step-by-step action.

The Basics is the ultimate confidence-builder. Whether you're just learning your way around a stove or are hungry for detailed guidance, Bittman's sensible approach, along with instructive, realistic photography, offers just the encouragement you need.

How to Cook Everything The Basics is a rare cookbook that teaches by example. Each of the 1,000 gorgeous photographs and 185 recipes has a story to tell and a lesson to share (you'll find a list of them in the back of the book), all in a casual, unfussy way that makes meals as enjoyable to prepare as they are to eat.

The Basics also provides commonsense advice on how to stock your kitchen with equipment and ingredients, while special features scattered throughout offer useful information on general techniques like cooking pasta, choosing and using seafood, making bread, and 26 other skills for identifying and preparing foods from vegetables and beans to meats, soups, and desserts.

Along the way, Bittman's practical tips and variations, descriptive visual cues, and straightforward explanations will help you recognize doneness, taste and adjust seasoning, and learn to trust your instincts. How to Cook Everything The Basics is the next best thing to having America's favorite home cook right in the kitchen with you.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Subu on Dec 23 2012
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Got it for my daughter and spent over 2 hours reading it myself before wrapping it. Nice addition to any cookbook library.
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Best cookbook I have ever seen to date, highly recommend to anyone who wants a "practical" cookbook, one where you don't need to drive 20 miles to go buy 1 ingredient from a specialty shop. Everything in this book is simple and easy to cook, and the best part is there is a plethora of variations for every recipe for those who want to try different flavors.
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Mark takes you through simple and real steps on getting food that is good for you on the plate for you by you. He shows you that you don't need to watch cooking shows and order out. Make the food yourself and eat better. Really good book Mark.
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As a 23 year old moving away from home for the first time and having no clue how to cook (but also deciding that I was going to try and do as much home cooking as possible) this book was a godsend. It does an amazing job of making cooking as a beginner very approachable, and provides an amazing selection of foods to choose from. The book is very well put together on all fronts; with great pictures, writing, and organization.

There are many strengths to this book, but one thing I have to mention is the way it offers up numerous variations on each recipe. This really lets the reader branch out and make changes from the start. Very often if I don't have an ingredient (or ingredients..) handy, I can look through the variations and find some way to make the recipe still work, or get an idea of my own on how to alter it. This was a great aid to me in learning how to make changes, and also expands the books value considerably with tons of options to make the recipes appealing to many different tastes.

When I initially went looking for a cookbook all I was looking for was something to get me started, and I had no idea who Mark Bittman was or what his reputation was. Now having purchased this on a whim, I will absolutely be expanding my library with more of his books as I want to expand my options as a cook. This book took me from a non-cook who just wanted to make some basic meals to someone who counts cooking as one of there favourite activities. Very much recommended for other beginners, looking for a great place to start learning to cook for themselves.
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By Doug W. Murray TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 6 2014
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It's hard to beat Bittman and his works. This modern day Escoffier is well worth having handy on your bookshelves. I have several of his books and they are all very good resources.
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By Rynn on March 3 2014
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I am really enjoying this cookbook. The photos (of which there are many) are fantastic, the instructions are clear and concise, and the recipes are very, very good. Most of the recipes call for ingredients that most people will have on-hand and if not, aren't hard to find in any supermarket. This is an excellent book for those people who want to learn to cook, or for those of us who want to brush up on the basics.
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This book has probably been the most influential book i have ever bought, it makes cooking seem simple and understandable. Mark Bittman has brought professional cooking, to everyone of all skill levels, and especially those who aspire to cook nice meals at home, but never had the confidence to make the attempt.

tldr; Buy this book yo it is the shiznit!
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This book is just perfect! It is the new Joy of Cooking, with more modern recipes, less sugar, and so beautifully illustrated. It gives you little cooking lessons in a simplified manner. And there is only one recipe for a two-page spread. PERFECT! This will become a classic, a book to pass down to your children! Perfect for the beginner, or one like me who just needs the basic to make my cooking a little bit more tasty. LOVE IT. It covers snacks, appetizers, breakfast, meats, vegetables and desserts. It is not leaving my kitchen counter.
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