How to Cook Everything

How to Cook Everything : 2000 Simple Recipes for Great Food

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The bible for today's home cooks--now completely revised and updated Hailed as "a more hip Joy of Cooking" (the Washington Post) and "a tour de force" (Jacques Pepin) when it was first published a decade ago, How to Cook Everything won both James Beard and IACP Awards--and quickly established itself as an indispensable kitchen companion for a new generation of home cooks, with sales to date of 2 million copies. The reasons for its success are simple: Bittman's recipes are accessible and refreshingly straightforward (he's a home cook, not a chef), his dishes are contemporary and unfailingly delicious, and his kitchen advice is unfussy but always authoritative. Now, on the tenth anniversary of its original publication, Bittman has totally revitalized this cookbook classic to make it even more appealing and useful for today's cooks, updating recipes and information, adding new dishes, expanding chapters, and incorporating lots of new features. Bittman now opens each chapter with an "Essential Recipes" section, highlighting core dishes for every cook's repertoire. He has expanded chapters on vegetables and fruits, grains, beans, and desserts.
He has added new charts to help people customize recipes with a variety of flavors and ingredients. He has incorporated new illustrations, bringing the total to nearly 400. And he has inserted new symbols for fast, make-ahead, and vegetarian recipes. With all this great new content plus an eye-catching package, How to Cook Everything is now more indispensable than ever--and a surefire bestseller. Mark Bittman (New York, NY) is one of the country's best-known, most widely respected food writers. His "Minimalist" column in the New York Times is read and beloved by millions each week, and has been for more than ten years. His other books include How to Cook Everything Vegetarian (978-0-7645-2483-7) and The Best Recipes in the World (978-0-7679-0672-2).
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Product details

  • Hardback | 1056 pages
  • 215 x 237 x 57mm | 2,004g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hoboken, NJ, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised, 10th Anniversary ed.
  • 0764578650
  • 9780764578656
  • 43,074

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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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Table of contents

Acknowledgments. Introduction. Kitchen Basics. Sauces, Condiments, Herbs, and Spices. Appetizers. Soups. Sandwiches and Pizza. Salads. Vegetables and Fruit. Beans. Grains. Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings. Fish and Shellfish. Poultry. Meat. Eggs, Breakfast, and Dairy. Bread. Desserts. Menus. The 102 Essential Recipes in This Book. My Top 100 Fast Recipes. My Top 100 Make-Ahead Recipes. My Top 100 Vegetarian Recipes. Sources. Index.
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Bittman's How To Cook Everything , originally published in 1998, became an almost instant classic and has sold close to two million copies. This new edition has been reorganized and includes 500 new recipes and many more step-by-step illustrations. Each chapter now opens with "essential recipes" that should be in every cook's repertoire, and there are dozens of new charts and lists throughout. Vegetarian recipes are marked with a special icon, and quick recipes-Bittman also writes "The Minimalist" column for the New York Times -and those that can be made ahead are similarly denoted; prep times are also given for all recipes. Since he wrote the first edition, Bittman has published The Best Recipes in the World and How To Cook Everything Vegetarian; in this tenth anniversary edition, there are more recipes from cuisines around the world and more vegetarian recipes than in the original. Valuable as both a reference and a cookbook, this is an essential purchase. ( Library Journal , September 15, 2008) "...the best-value all-in-one volume available...even with more of everything to cook, this massive tome is navigable. Whether the first edition is on their shelves or not, home cooks of all skill levels will want to get this one." ( Publishers Weekly , September 1, 2008)
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About Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman is among the country's most widely respected and beloved food writers and home cooks. His must-see weekly New York Times column and videos, "The Minimalist," and his regular appearances on the Today show showcase his mastery of teaching the art of cooking. Bittman has written more than a dozen cookbooks, including the blockbuster How to Cook Everything Vegetarian . He is also the host of an ongoing series of public television shows based on How to Cook Everything and other books.
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