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Mark Bittman's highly acclaimed, bestselling book How to Cook Everything is an indispensable guide for any modern cook. With How to Cook Everything The Basics he reveals how truly easy it is to learn fundamental techniques and recipes. From dicing vegetables and roasting meat, to cooking building-block meals that include salads, soups, poultry, meats, fish, sides, and desserts, ...

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Overview

The next best thing to having Mark Bittman in the kitchen with you

Mark Bittman's highly acclaimed, bestselling book How to Cook Everything is an indispensable guide for any modern cook. With How to Cook Everything The Basics he reveals how truly easy it is to learn fundamental techniques and recipes. From dicing vegetables and roasting meat, to cooking building-block meals that include salads, soups, poultry, meats, fish, sides, and desserts, Bittman explains what every home cook, particularly novices, should know.

1,000 beautiful and instructive photographs throughout the book reveal key preparation details that make every dish inviting and accessible. With clear and straightforward directions, Bittman's practical tips and variation ideas, and visual cues that accompany each of the 185 recipes, cooking with How to Cook Everything The Basics is like having Bittman in the kitchen with you.

  • This is the essential teaching cookbook, with 1,000 photos illustrating every technique and recipe; the result is a comprehensive reference that’s both visually stunning and utterly practical.
  • Special Basics features scattered throughout simplify broad subjects with sections like “Think of Vegetables in Groups,” “How to Cook Any Grain,” and “5 Rules for Buying and Storing Seafood.”
  • 600 demonstration photos each build on a step from the recipe to teach a core lesson, like “Cracking an Egg,” “Using Pasta Water,” “Recognizing Doneness,” and “Crimping the Pie Shut.”
  • Detailed notes appear in blue type near selected images. Here Mark highlights what to look for during a particular step and offers handy advice and other helpful asides.
  • Tips and variations let cooks hone their skills and be creative.
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Cooking chicken and rice, main dish and sides, all in a single pan sounds simple, but unless it's done right, it can reach completion as a taste disaster. Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything, The Basics guides you through the processes of making main courses, appetizers, and desserts with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and more than 1,000 captioned color photographs. Most of the book's attractive two-page spreads also contain tips and variations on the recipes. (P.S. true to his award-winning James Beard Award-winning style, New York Times columnist Bittman teaches readers fundamental cooking techniques as well as individual recipes.)

Edward Ash-Milby

Publishers Weekly
Food writer Bittman’s latest installment in his award-winning How to Cook Everything series gets back to basics. Once again, Bittman keeps it straightforward, providing another indispensable reference. He explains that in cooking “your basic skills provide the foundation. As you improve and gain confidence, you’ll become more creative.” His goal is to get everyone into the kitchen; this latest work inspires confidence and optimism in the kitchen, and novices especially will believe they can successfully make each and every dish. Instructive pictures accompany each technique and recipe, illustrating everything from peeling vegetables to searing meat or correctly mashing potatoes. Bittman begins by providing a list of essential ingredients for your cupboard and refrigerator, as well as a list of equipment needed to make every recipe in the book. Sections show how to hold a knife, how to chop and mince, and they also carefully explain roasting, broiling, and baking. Chapters include breakfast (scrambled, poached, and fried eggs); soups and stews (tomato, miso, and lentil); and meat, poultry, and seafood dishes such as perfect roast beef and chicken and rice. A wonderful book of perfectly simple recipes that every neophyte and experienced cook should have in their kitchen. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470528068
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 32,403
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (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

Why Cook? ix

Getting Started 1

Breakfast 41

Appetizers and Snacks 69

Salads 107

Soups and Stews 135

Pasta and Grains 171

Vegetables and Beans 215

Meat 263

Poultry 305

Seafood 345

Breads 381

Desserts 419

Making Menus 458

List of Lessons 460

Index 464

Converting Measurements 486

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Recipe

Brownies
Ridiculously easy, ridiculously good.
Time 30 to 40 minutes
Makes 9 to 12
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, plus a little more for greasing the pan
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
½ cup allpurpose flour
Pinch salt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract, optional

1 Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease a square baking pan with butter or line it with 2 overlapping pieces of parchment paper or aluminum foil and grease the lining.
2 Combine the stick of butter and the chocolate in a small saucepan over very low heat, stirring occasionally. (Or microwave them in a large microwavesafe bowl on medium for 10second intervals, stirring after each.) When the chocolate is just about melted, remove the saucepan from the heat (or bowl from the microwave) and continue to stir until the mixture is smooth.
3 Transfer the mixture to a large bowl (or use the bowl you put in the microwave) and stir in the sugar. Then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Gently stir in the flour, salt, and the vanilla if you're using it.
4 Pour and scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until just barely set in the middle. Cool on a rack until set. If you used parchment, lift it out to remove the brownies. If not, cut them in squares right in the pan. Store, covered, at room temperature, for no more than a day.

Tips

If you use parchment paper (or foil) to line the pan, leave an extra inch or two overhanging each end. When the brownies are cool, grab each flap and lift them out of the pan.

Chocolate burns easily, even when you're melting it with butter. So keep the heat really low, be patient, stir frequently, and keep an eye on it.

Err on the side of underbaking: An overcooked brownie is dry and cakey, while an undercooked brownie is gooey and delicious.

Variations

Nutty Brownies: In Step 3, substitute 1/4 cup finely ground hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, or pecans (use the food processor or blender to grind them) for 1/4 cup of the flour and add 1 cup lightly toasted, roughly chopped nuts to the batter.

Cocoa Brownies: After the brownies cool a bit but are still warm, put 2 tablespoons cocoa in a small strainer and shake it over the pan to dust the tops of the brownies.

Learn More

BreadBaking Basics (page 394), Chocolate, Butter, Sugar (page 422), Melting Chocolate (page 441)

GREASING THE PAN
Whether you line the pan or not, make sure to cover the bottom as well as the sides. And don't be stingy or the brownies might stick.

Stir the melted chocolate and butter until it's completely smooth and thin, like this.

MELTING BUTTER WITH CHOCOLATE
When there's this much butter, the chocolate won't burn easily; just stir them both together in a small pot over the lowest possible heat.

AVOIDING OVERMIXING
The batter should be relatively smooth and thick; some lumps are okay. If you work it too much, the brownies will be tough.

FAILING THE TOOTHPICK TEST
A clean toothpick might signal some cakes are ready, but it means brownies are overcooked.
Their signal: a crust on top with a slightly jiggly center underneath.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Excellent book

    Excellent Instruction----- WITH PICTURES so you can see the results. Good job Mark.
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