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Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking
     

Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking

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by Mark Bittman, Dennis M. Gottlieb (Photographer)
 

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Fish, the most comprehensive book produced on the subject in more than 31 years, is the one resource cooks need to be able to enjoy all types of seafood Organized in all easy-reference A-to-Z format, the book details 70 kinds of fish and shellfish, describing how to buy, store, prepare and cook fish, whether sauteing, frying, grilling, or smoking. It also includes

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Fish, the most comprehensive book produced on the subject in more than 31 years, is the one resource cooks need to be able to enjoy all types of seafood Organized in all easy-reference A-to-Z format, the book details 70 kinds of fish and shellfish, describing how to buy, store, prepare and cook fish, whether sauteing, frying, grilling, or smoking. It also includes up-to-the-minute information on the health benefits of fish in our diet.

The more than 500 recipes in Fish use low-fat, high-flavor ingredients to accent the intrinsic natures of the individual fish rather than mask them. And the vast majority of the recipes are ready in less than thirty minutes.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bittman organizes this more than ample book into short sections devoted to individual fish: technical information on how to handle a lobster, for instance, is combined with consumer buying tips, then followed by nine recipes. Usefully, the author, executive editor of Cook's Illustrated , holds his commentary down to a sober minimum--he doesn't often opt for chat or reader entertainment. Instead, unveiling the basics about 70 fish, he provides tried-and-true fare for the table--Dungeness crab salad, marinated grilled salmon--interspersed with more unusual offerings: raw sea bass salad; curried mussels; salmon scallops with garlic confit. Anyone with decent access to a fish market will appreciate (and come to rely on) this substantial overview. Photos not seen by PW . BOMC HomeStyle Book Club alternate; Food and Wine Books selection; first serial to Self magazine. (July)
Library Journal
Here is yet another fish cookbook, but this is a particularly good one. Bittman, executive editor of Cook's Illustrated, has written a very user-friendly guide to what is still an unknown area for many home cooks. He provides more how-to illustrations than most books, along with informative but approachable descriptions on buying and preparing fish. He includes more than 70 types of fish and shellfish, organized alphabetically (no confusing subcategories here for the uninitiated); each section starts with the relevant particulars (common names, common forms, buying tips, etc.), followed by a more detailed description, ranging from several paragraphs to several pages in length. The recipes-more than 500-are simple, varied, and unintimidating. Highly recommended. [BOMC HomeStyle alternate selection; Food & Wine Books selection.]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780025107755
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/14/1994
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.49(d)

Meet the Author


MARK BITTMAN is the author of 20 acclaimed books, including the How to Cook Everything series, the award-winning Food Matters, and The New YorkTimes number-one bestseller, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00. For more than two decades his popular and compelling stories appeared in the Times, 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-winning Years 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 markbittman.com, @bittman on Twitter, and @markbittman on Instagram.

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Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a gift and the recipient could not put it down. A great gift. Was very well receved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the cookbook to have if you enjoy fish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brooklyn_Rocks More than 1 year ago
This is the best fish cook book ever. He teaches you how to identify good fish, how to clean it, and offers you his signature style, easy, adaptable recipes for all the fish you can find in the USA. Organized by type of fish, he offers you both simple and complex recipes for each type. I have never had a bad meal using this book!