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

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Wiley, Mar 5, 2012 - Cooking - 496 pages
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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 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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This book is excellent and easy to use.

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I was not sure what to expect when I order the book. But it turned out it was a great find. It is a hardback easy to read easy to follow great pictures great illustrations and it totally focuses on ... Read full review

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This book would make an excellent gift for a college student or a young person just starting out on their own. Good instruction and pictures on basic cooking techniques. Also good for those of us whose culinary education has been sporadic. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

MARK BITTMAN is the author of 20 acclaimed books, including theHow to Cook Everythingseries, the award-winningFood Matters, andThe New YorkTimesnumber-one bestseller,VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00. For more than two decades his popular and compelling stories appeared in theTimes, where he was ultimately the lead food writer for the Sunday Magazine and became the country's first food-focused Op-Ed columnist for a major news publication. Bittman has starred in four television series, including Showtime's Emmy-winningYears of Living Dangerously. He has written for nearly every major newspaper in the United States and many magazines, and has spoken at dozens of universities and conferences; his 2007 TED talk has more than a million views. In 2015 he was a distinguished fellow at the University of California, Berkeley; he is currently a fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Throughout his career Bittman has strived for the same goal: to make food, in all its aspects, understandable. He can be found at, @bittman on Twitter, and @markbittman on Instagram.

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