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How to Cook Everything: The Basics

How to Cook Everything: The Basics

All You Need to Make Great Food—With 1,000 Photos

eBook - 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 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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Aug 08, 2012

Mark Bittman breaks down cooking techniques and takes them back to the basics. Everything from how to stock your kitchen to how to boil water is covered. Bittman includes recipes for each section with beautiful color pictures. I appreciated the section on how to hard boil an egg-- harder to do than it sounds!

Jul 15, 2012

I'm a HUGE fan of Mark Bittman. He always has a great selection of mouthwatering, accessible dishes to offer the home cook. He also offers suggestions for alternatives that just makes his recipes all the more interesting.

I always seem to think of some other ways to adapt his recipes, easily, to fit my family's needs, which is always nice.

Jul 10, 2012

This guy really knows how to present the basics of cooking so that reluctant or inexperienced cooks can easily learn them. He uses less professional jargon than the standard works and provides excellent color photos to illustrate the techniques.

Jul 05, 2012

More a basic reference than a "cookbook" with loads of recipes, but makes an excellent companion to other cookbooks.

Apr 05, 2012

Another great cookbook from Bittman for the home chef. All the basics are covered with photographs of nearly every dish! Recipes are refreshingly easy to understand, without compromising flavor or technique. Bittman offers many ways to update traditional dishes in ways that won't break the bank. No foie gras or truffles to be found here.


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