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How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food (Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition)

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12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Overall a very complete collection!

With 2,000 recipes packed onto over 1,000 pages this is a very dense and serious cookbook. No color photographs or pictures of the author to catch your eye and the recipes are packed in one after the other. Initially I had a hard time reading this cookbook and processin...
With 2,000 recipes packed onto over 1,000 pages this is a very dense and serious cookbook. No color photographs or pictures of the author to catch your eye and the recipes are packed in one after the other. Initially I had a hard time reading this cookbook and processing so much information. Then I found the lists in the back: "My Top 100 Fast Recipes" was my favorite. These lists provide a nice way to take the book in bite-sized chunks. The recipies I've tried:
Real Popcorn - My mom used to make popcorn like this (on the stove) and I had forgotten it. It is a fast and easy way to make more flavorful popcorn.
Poached Pears in red wine - holy cow these were good! Very elegant, easy to do, and light and healthy for when you mght be maxed out on rich, heavy desserts. This is a recipe I will make over and over.
Cranberry Relish with Orange and Ginger - Fresher tasting then cooked cranberry sauce and I loved the addition of ginger. This was a big hit at Thanksgiving.
Braised Potatoes with Kielbasa, Cheddar, and Beer - very tasty, one pot meal. The beer gave the whole dish a nice flavor. This is perfect comfort food for a COlorado winter!
Peanut Brittle - my only loser so far from this collection. It was such a complete failure that I think being at high altitude was the problem.

Overall a very complete collection! There are still many recipes I would like to try and I know many of the illustrations will come in handy in the future (how to clean squid, roll sushi, bone a chicken...). This cookbook would be a great gift for an avid cook.

posted by Frisbeesage on December 7, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Go back to Joy of Cooking!

Bittman does update the classic in that he enjoys and includes world cuisines and ingredients in his recipes. However there is a big problem: many of his recipes are either wrong or not very good. The best examples are is basic lobster boiling instructions. As a long-ti...
Bittman does update the classic in that he enjoys and includes world cuisines and ingredients in his recipes. However there is a big problem: many of his recipes are either wrong or not very good. The best examples are is basic lobster boiling instructions. As a long-time New Englander I know how to cook a lobster. We boil small ones 7-8 minutes and large ones maybe 10-12. He suggests boiling a large lobster for 15-20 minutes. Trust me: if you do you will have just ruined a $30-40 dinner. Totally rubbery. I just can't understand what he's thinking.
Another example is his banana bread - a staple. He adds a good deal of coconut to his recipe. Not really appropriate, and really a cheap trick, since the coconut is a borrowed interest best left out.

posted by mitchfromnyc on July 26, 2010

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