How to Cook Everything: Basics

How to Cook Everything: Basics

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"How to Cook Everything: The Basics" gives you essential recipes and easy-to-follow guidance to help you cook with confidence. Mark Bittman, the bestselling, award-winning author of "How to Cook Everything", shows you how to make a good burger or delicious pasta for everyday meals as well as chicken soup on a cold day, lasagne because you love it, and prime rib for company. Not only will you make some of the best food you've ever eaten, you'll save money and eat more healthfully, too. Anyone can cook with: simple, satisfying recipes with easy-to-follow directions; tips to help you shop for, prepare, and cook the recipes; recipe variations and lists of ideas to adapt dishes to your taste; and, step-by-step illustrations for tricky techniques like mincing garlic. Simple, straightforward, it is just what you need to cook well.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 205.74 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 721.21g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • 076456756X
  • 9780764567568
  • 1,075,877

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How to Cook Everything(TM) The Basics gives you essential recipes and easy-to-follow guidance to help you cook with confidence. Mark Bittman, the bestselling, award-winning author of How to Cook Everything(TM), shows you how to make a good burger or delicious pasta for everyday meals as well as chicken soup on a cold day, lasagne because you love it, and prime rib for company. Not only will you make some of the best food you've ever eaten, you'll save money and eat more healthfully, too.Anyone can cookSimple, satisfying recipes with easy-to-follow directionsTips to help you shop for, prepare, and cook the recipes Recipe variations and lists of ideas to adapt dishes to your tasteStep-by-step illustrations for tricky techniques like mincing garlicSimple. Straightforward. Just what you need to cook well.show more

Review quote

"Like a more concise version of The Joy of Cooking, Bittman's...is the one to keep handy in the kitchen." (Bon Appetit, December 2003)show more

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Here's the book that will get you cooking.Whether you need to cook for your family or you love to eat and want to learn how to cook, How to Cook Everything(TM) The Basics is your indispensable guide.Mark Bittman, author of the bestselling, award-winning comprehensive cookbook How to Cook Everything(TM), presents just what a cook needs to know in order to prepare essential and classic recipes-a great steak, a perfect omelet, or delicious brownies. Among the 100 core recipes, you'll find: Staple dishes like Simple Roast Chicken, Sauteed Pork Chops, Classic Beef Stew, Mashed Potatoes, Rice Pilaf, and Corn BreadPopular modern classics including Shrimp Cocktail, Classic Risotto, Pan-Grilled Salmon Fillets, and Stir-Fry Chicken with BroccoliUpdated fast versions of traditional favorites like Weekday Morning Scrambled Eggs, Quick-Braised Carrots with Butter, Fastest Yeast Bread, and Quick Coffee CakeYou'll also find 30 additional recipes: "Good To Know" dishes including Black Bean Soup and Herb-Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast-simple, delicious choices that are worth adding to your repertoire"Best From Scratch" recipes, like Quickest Chicken Stock, that are used in core dishes from chicken soup to risotto-preparations that you might buy in the store but are far better homemadeTo go beyond the basics, there are detailed flavor variations and lists of simple ideas. If you need more background, there are "Basics of . . ." boxes, plus tips on buying, preparing, and cooking foods, and step-by-step illustrations for tricky techniques like shucking clams and preparing peppers.Throughout the book you'll also find information that will help build your foundation of cooking knowledge, written in Bittman's relaxed, straightforward style. There's a nuts-and-bolts review of essential kitchen tools and core cooking techniques like grilling, roasting, and braising. Each chapter begins with basic guidelines on the food in that chapter, explaining how to buy fish, include vegetables in any meal, bake pies, and more. And for quick reference on what "parboil" or "reduction sauce" means, there's a glossary.With How to Cook Everything(TM) The Basics Mark Bittman, who learned to cook in his own home kitchen, will help you cook good, simple food for every meal.show more

About Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman is a nationally known authority on cooking and author of "The Minimalist," the weekly cooking column in the New York Times. His bestselling cookbook, How to Cook Everything(t), won both the Julia Child (IACP) and James Beard awards, one of the few ever to do so. Bittman has written a number of other books including The Minimalist Entertains and Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking. He lives in Connecticut.show more

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