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How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food -- With 1,000 Photos [Hardcover]

Mark Bittman
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Book Description

March 5 2012
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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book Dec 23 2012
By Subu
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Was the perfect choice for me. July 8 2014
By Nick R
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bittman 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Book March 3 2014
By Rynn
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good basic cookbook Feb. 22 2014
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Yes, it does have good recipes, but they're certainly not for everyone, and not really for a beginner cook. It's average.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Jan. 7 2014
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I love this cook book! Purchase was cheap and easy, delivery came on time and the book was in perfect shape. I can't wait to experiment with new recipes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent book for individulas new to cooking Dec 23 2013
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after 40 years of marriage,I purchased this for my husband so he could learn to cook. I always look for new ideas.
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