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Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking is a book that simplifies, once and for all, the process of preparing fish. Organized in an easy-reference, A-Z format, Fish gives you the culinary lowdown on seventy kinds of fish and shellfish commonly found in American supermarkets and fish stores. Each entry describes how the fish is sold (fillets, steaks, whole, salted), other names it goes by, how the fish should look, and buying tips. Fish begins with general guidelines on how to store, prepare, and cook fish,...

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Overview

Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking is a book that simplifies, once and for all, the process of preparing fish. Organized in an easy-reference, A-Z format, Fish gives you the culinary lowdown on seventy kinds of fish and shellfish commonly found in American supermarkets and fish stores. Each entry describes how the fish is sold (fillets, steaks, whole, salted), other names it goes by, how the fish should look, and buying tips. Fish begins with general guidelines on how to store, prepare, and cook fish, whether sauteing, frying, grilling, or smoking, and you will find easy-to-follow illustrations of such important basics as how to gut and fillet a fish. Fish also includes up-to-the-minute information on the health benefits of fish in our diet. In addition, there are more than five hundred recipes and variations, all of which 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.

This comprehensive book details how to buy and store fish, the nutritional benefits of seafood, and general cooking guidelines. Descriptive entries on 70 of the most commonly sold fish and shellfish are accompanied by 25 recipes for each. 70 line drawings; two 8-page color inserts.

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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.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028631523
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 113,918
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman is one of America’s best-known and most widely respected food writers. He covers food policy, cooking, and eating as an Opinion columnist for The New York Times and the paper’s Sunday Magazine. He produced "The Minimalist" column for 13 years and has starred in several popular Public Television cooking series. Now a frequent public speaker, he appears regularly on the Today Show and is a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows. Bittman has authored more than a dozen cookbooks, including How to Cook Everything® The Basics , How to Cook Everything® , How to Cook Everything® Vegetarian (all available as apps), Food Matters and The Food Matters Cookbook , and the new VB6™: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 . For more information go to markbittman.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Preface.

Introduction.

Buying Fish.

Is Fish Good for You?

Preparing and Cooking Fish.

Basics and Staples.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    This is the cookbook to have if you enjoy fish.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

    The book that made him a household name

    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!

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