All You Need to Learn How to Cook
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Even if you've been cooking all your life do you really know how to cook everything? Mark Bittman's the man to show you how with his all-new essential kitchen companion brimming with tips and techniques and 170-plus recipes; and, for the first time, photos—a whopping 1000 of them, both step-by-step and of the food. And his humor and wise counsel are evident on every page, setting just the tone you need, if you're a little unsure about, well, anything. With new recipes like Pan-Fried Breaded Eggplant that's crispy outside, creamy within; Beef Tacos made without premade spice mixes; Pork Stir Fry with Greens; Steamed Fish with Ratatouille; easy Blueberry Cobbler and more, How to Cook Everything: The Basics is for all of us. Color photos.
Hardcover Book : 496 pages
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ( March 12, 2012 )
Item #: 13-503950
Product Dimensions: 8.0 x 9.0 inches
Product Weight: 57.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I am an experienced cook, but I always learn something from Mark Bittman. And this cookbook is no exception; for example, Mark helped me overcome my fear (and lack of success) at cooking dry beans. This is a great cookbook for anyone and everyone. Buy one for a friend, but make sure you get a copy for yourself, too.
This is a gift for my college daughter, a learning-the-basics cook. This book gives just enough realistic information to the beginning cook to get them started, covers basic equipment, has a photo of not only how each recipe looks, but also illustrates techniques, even what 'simmering' water looks like, for the beginning cook. It covers how to stir-fry and make curries in addition to cooking steak, roasts, chicken etc., cooking vegetables, soups, baking bread, a layer cake, apple pie, the traditional American basics and more. It shows how real cooking isn't limited by a recipe, but rather opened up by learning basic techniques.
It encourages the creativity of the beginning cook by showing how to 'build flavors' according to personal tastes, and create daily menus. This is the only book a beginning cook would need to start on the daily journey of keeping oneself, and loved ones, well fed and eating at home. Once the 'Basics' are learned, the world of cooking is limited only through interest, time, ingredient availability, and budget, and more books or classes to increase one's home expertise. This book is a key.
Get it to keep yourself or a loved one from dependence on cheap fast food chains.
I have been cooking for many years and consider myself experienced. I learned something from this book! I bought it intending to give it as a wedding gift to a friend who doesn't cook much. I'm afraid she is not getting it!
Reviewer: Liz B
If you are looking for gourmet or "intermediate" recipes, walk away from this book. The recipes contain in this book are mostly basic recipes, however, what I love about Mark Bittman is that he gives you ideas on adding ingredients and run with it.This book for me, is an excellent guide for cooking especially for beginners. I am not a beginner cook at all, however, I do find the tips and his guide to cooking useful, especially in making myself a better cook. The many, I meant, MANY, colored photos is such a great help too.