How to Cook Everything the Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food--With 1,000 Photos
With How to Cook Everything--The Basics, Bittman reveals how truly easy it is to learn fundamental techniques and recipes. From dicing vegetables and roasting meat to cooking building-block meals Bittman explains what every home cook, particularly novices, should know. Includes 171 recipes and more than 1,000 instructive photographs.
From the Back Cover Cooking, at its heart, is simple and straightforward. Even if you've neverpicked up a pot or pan in your life, you can--and should!--enjoy some time in the kitchen every day. --Mark Bittman Hands-On Cooking In How to Cook Everything The Basics, Mark Bittman teaches fundamental cooking techniques and essential lessons through 185 building-block recipes and 1,000 beautiful, instructive photographs. With all the details you need to make delicious food from breakfast to dessert, this is an irresistible, invaluable guide for beginners, accomplished cooks, and everyone in between. Mark Bittman has removed the last obstacle to simply great home cooking by including a foolproof, visual, and photographic follow-along component to all the basics. The result is a virtual preface to his seminal How to Cook Everything series. --Mario Batali, Chef, Author, and Restaurateur Before you can cook well, you need to learn the basics. Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything The Basics will make you a better cook. --Tom Colicchio, Chef and Owner of Craft Restaurants Had Mark published this book earlier, I would not have had to go to culinary school. This is a comprehensive guide to making delicious food. --David Chang, Chef/Owner of the Momofuku restaurants, coauthor of Momofuku, and creator of Lucky Peach
From the front Cover Mark is an important voice in American home cooking, and this new book is essential for anyone wanting tasty, easy, fresh recipes. --Jamie Oliver, Celebrity Chef and Activist Photography by Romulo Yanes Since its publication in 1998, Mark Bittman's award-winning How to Cook Everything has become an indispensable kitchen staple. This modern classic serves as both an endlessly inspiring recipe collection and comprehensive reference for cooks of all ages and abilities. Now, with How to Cook Everything The Basics, Bittman has provided a book for true beginners and perennial students, one that captures the pleasure and simplicity of everyday home cooking and makes it accessible to everyone, in full-color, step-by-step action. The Basics is the ultimate confidence-builder. Whether you're just learning your way around a stove or are hungry for detailed guidance, Bittman's sensible approach, along with instructive, realistic photography, offers just the encouragement you need. How to Cook Everything The Basics is a rare cookbook that teaches by example. Each of the 1,000 gorgeous photographs and 185 recipes has a story to tell and a lesson to share (you'll find a list of them in the back of the book), all in a casual, unfussy way that makes meals as enjoyable to prepare as they are to eat. The Basics also provides commonsense advice on how to stock your kitchen with equipment and ingredients, while special features scattered throughout offer useful information on general techniques like cooking pasta, choosing and using seafood, making bread, and 26 other skills for identifying and preparing foods from vegetables and beans to meats, soups, and desserts. Along the way, Bittman's practical tips and variations, descriptive visual cues, and straightforward explanations will help you recognize doneness, taste and adjust seasoning, and learn to trust your instincts. How to Cook Everything The Basics is the next best thing to having America's favorite home cook right in the kitchen with you.