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by Mark Bittman

A collection of 65 essential recipes every cook should know, from a basic vinaigrette to classic beef stew, excerpted from Mark Bittman's celebrated cookbook How to Cook Everything. This box of recipes is perfect for beginners and more experienced cooks alike.
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ISBN: 1594741425
ISBN13: 978-1594741425
Category: Cookbooks
Subcategory: Regional & International
Author: Mark Bittman
Language: English
Publisher: Quirk Books (September 28, 2006)
ePUB size: 1649 kb
FB2 size: 1814 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 539
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Nice recipes, written so that nothing is intimidating and also provides substitutes. Very happy withthe book. Mr. Bittman has acquired a new fan.
Well, not quite everything, perhaps. But covers just about every category of food from soups and salads to sandwiches and treats. Basic ideas which can be extended with a little imagination to preparation of many dishes. Tickles the iomagination. And with only a little over 100 pages, it doesn't load you down with fifty milliion recipes you will never use.
This book has easy and tasty recipes.
Bittman's most basic recipes, ready for the kitchen on easy to wipe clean recipe cards. Love 'em!
Having taken out this book from the library, I decided to purchase my own copy. The book I received was an abbreviated version of the one I'd borrowed.
Very nice.
Unlike many readers, I was somewhat uncomfortable with the heft and bulk of Bittman's original master tome, "How To Cook Everything". Somehow the prospect of having to search through 1000 recipes and several hundred pages for a review of some half-remembered shred of information daunted me, and I couldn't see how the book, as packaged, could hold up to the physical wear and tear of daily cooking. (See some reviewers' remarks about problems with the binding of the Big Book). So I was actually very pleased to see the author and publisher break out these smaller recompilations based around themes like "The Basics" and "Quick Cooking". I have both these smaller tomes on my shelves and find them easy to work with and employ.

One thing I've noticed about Bittman (I also have "The Minimalist Cooks DInner", and "The Minimalist At Home") is that many of these recipes are perhaps more "miminalist" than they really ought to be. Einstein once said that "things should be made as simple as possible but no simpler". There is no question that Mark Bittman knows what he is doing in the kitchen, but many of his recipes seem to skew in favor of convenience and simplicity instead of flavor and texture, and if you don't really know what you are doing, his terse directions can sometimes leave you with a 2nd rate (but still edible) dish. Even so, there are enough bits of helpful lore and advice casually sprinkled throughout his books that anyone who pays attention will improve overall in their knowledge and skills as a cook. For instance, in his recipe for a beef stir-fry, Bittman remarks about "the holy trinity of beef, onions, and ginger"; I read that and said to myself "...Yeah. YEAH. That's absolutely right, and I never thought of it quite like that!".

Many reviewers have remarked on Bittman's "calm, encouraging voice", and I think this is the true virtue of "Quick Cooking" as well. Bittman is like an older brother showing you the ropes in the kitchen, casually mentioning ideas and concepts and combinations as he goes along. In that sense, reading Bittman is more like getting a "brain dump" on his approach to cooking than a structured pedagoical work; it tends to leaves out a lot of contextual detail that might help the less skilled and intuitive kitchen mongers among us climb further up the learning curve.

On the other hand, I am never afraid to at least TRY one of his recipes, no matter how imposing it may seem at first glance. And even if I screw up, (you should have seen my first attempt at "Bangers and Mash"!) there will almost always be enough to enjoy about the results that you will probably decide to give it another shot.

Well worth owning if you don't mind the concept of repackaged material and you don't already have the original magnum opus.
Mark Bittman, a widely recognized and respected cookbook author and New York Times food columnist, has succumbed to greed. He and his publishers have split up his very well received book `How to Cook Everything' into several separate pieces and is charging for the pieces more than the price of the original book. This volume, `Vegetarian Cooking' is one of the pieces.
The author and the publisher are not trying to hide this fact, although I suspect they will not shed a tear if you buy the book with the impression that this is new material.
On the surface, I am sure they will rationalize that they are doing their readers a service by providing parts of this very good book at a lower list price than the whole book. This is pure hokum. The original book is a very good contribution to the genre of `If you own only one cookbook, this would be it' cookbook. So, why would I want to buy only part of that book? If I want a book on basics, I would do much better to buy Alton Brown's `I'm Only Here for the Food'. If I want a book on quick cooking, I suspect one of Rachael Ray's books will be better AND cheaper. If you want a good book on vegetarian cooking, get `Passionate Vegetarian' by Crescent Dragonwagon.
Speaking of Herr Doktor Brown, he and his Food Network colleague Ina Garten seem to have caught the same case of avarice in that they have had knockoff volumes published with artwork which is based on their best-selling volumes, but which contain cut rate material, or maybe even no material. They are selling pure hype.
I have a great amount of respect for all three of these authors. I have even met Alton Brown and find him a truly gracious gentleman who deserves all good fortune and celebrity he can garner. But I do not wish these authors to put out products that some people can easily buy under a false expectation fostered by the product's marketing.
Do not buy this book. Buy the complete `How to Cook Everything' and be done with it.