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Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix: More Than 700 Simple Recipes and Techniques to Mix and Match for Endless Possibilities
     

Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix: More Than 700 Simple Recipes and Techniques to Mix and Match for Endless Possibilities

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by Mark Bittman
 

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Bestselling author Mark Bittman anthologizes his popular Matrix series in a boldly graphic new cookbook that emphasizes creativity, improvisation, and simplicity as the keys to varied cooking.

For years, Mark Bittman has shared his formulas, recipes, and kitchen improvisations in his popular New York Times Eat column, in which an ingredient or

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Bestselling author Mark Bittman anthologizes his popular Matrix series in a boldly graphic new cookbook that emphasizes creativity, improvisation, and simplicity as the keys to varied cooking.

For years, Mark Bittman has shared his formulas, recipes, and kitchen improvisations in his popular New York Times Eat column, in which an ingredient or essential technique is presented in different variations in a bold matrix. Accompanied by striking photographs and brief, straightforward instructions, these thematic matrices show how simple changes in preparation and ingredient swaps in a master recipe can yield dishes that are each completely different from the original, and equally delicious. In Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix, Mark’s matrices come together to create a collection of over 400 flexible recipes covering vegetables, fruits, meats and chicken, and even desserts.  Whether you're cooking up soup (creamy, brothy, earthy, or hearty), freezing ice pops (in fruity, savory, creamy, or boozy varieties), or preparing asparagus (steamed, roasted, stir-fried, or grilled), following Mark’s approach to culinary improvisation will deliver stand-out results.  

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 09/21/2015
Bittman (VB6, How to Cook Everything, etc.) continues his winning approach to simplifying recipes for the average home cook in this terrific collection of more than 400 customizable recipes. Beginning with a basic ingredient (beets, soft-shell crab, pork ribs) or concept (gnocchi, spring rolls, slow cooker recipes), Bittman extrapolates on each entry’s inherent appeal and qualities, showing readers how to fight palate fatigue with just a few shifts of preparation or seasoning. It’s a terrific approach, particularly for readers who find themselves with a bounty of zucchini (zucchini carpaccio, curried zucchini soup, sautéed zucchini with sausage and pasta), corn (a cold salad with seafood and tarragon; corn and crab cakes), scallops (Bittman suggests a tartare), or chicken (try grilling it tandoori style or sautéing it with asparagus). While the book’s many riffs and recipes are certainly inventive, not all can be whipped up in minutes. Spicy Big Tray Chicken, an adaptation of one of Bittman’s favorite dishes from a local Chinese restaurant, and Smoked and Roasted Spare Ribs are sure to deliver, but require some patience and planning. That said, readers tired of the same old, same old will find this book to be a godsend, and cooks in search of new ideas are sure to find a few new culinary avenues to explore. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"From the man who tried to teach you How to Cook Everything comes this, a book on how to improvise in the kitchen. Kitchen Matrix is a somewhat genius concept: take an ingredient or dish (tomatoes), offer a few base recipes (salad, soup, stuffed, sauce), and some basic variations on those recipes (a BLT salad, or a tomato eggplant caponata sauce).
The goal is to get people comfortable going off book with their own cooking, and it's presented in a fun and engaging way. If you like the variations in the How to Cook Everything books—and there are people who think those variations are the best part—here's an entire book of them." -Epicurious

“Mark Bittman is the master of uncomplicated cooking, and fans will no doubt be familiar with the concept behind his latest cookbook: Learn a handful of basic recipes and with a little creativity, you can prepare a lifetime of satisfying meals.” – Tasting Table

"Bittman continues his winning approach to simplifying recipes for the average home cook in this terrific collection of more than 400 customizable recipes…Readers tired of the same old, same old will find this book to be a godsend, and cooks in search of new ideas are sure to find a few new culinary avenues to explore. " – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Beautifully photographed and designed…[Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix] embraces a bold, fresh way to share recipes.” – Associated Press

“[Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix] is an immersive visual guide of his trademark dishes: basic recipes paired with inventive variations.  The striking images remind us that prepping herbs and veggies is rewarding for the eyes – and the nose, too.  The resulting meals are vivid and delicious.” – House Beautiful

Library Journal
09/15/2015
Best-selling author Bittman (The VB6 Cookbook) coaxes readers toward a more improvisational style of cooking in this illustrated collection of 400-plus dishes grouped by shared commonalities. Sections such as "cocktails 12 ways" and "vegetable soup 12 ways" arrange recipes and thumbnail photographs in a grid layout that makes it easy to visualize how slight changes in preparation can yield drastically different results. Many of these recipes lend themselves to improvisation—a basic cookie dough, for instance, can be flavored, shaped, filled, and frosted in pretty much any way imaginable. VERDICT This unconventional cookbook can help proficient cooks develop ideas for creating their own recipe variations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804188012
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
10/27/2015
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
49,835
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

MARK BITTMAN has had a uniquely successful career in cookbooks and food journalism. He’s written 15 books, including the now-classic How to Cook Everything and the bestselling VB6 (Vegan Before 6), which defined a new style of American eating. His 13-year New York Times column “The Minimalist” was among the most popular in the paper, and he just completed a five-year run on the OpEd pages of the Times, where he was the first (and most influential) weekly columnist tackling food issues for a major media outlet.

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Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix: More Than 700 Simple Recipes and Techniques to Mix and Match for Endless Possibilities by Mark Bittman | 9780804188869 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have several of Mark Buttman's cookbooks. I am a huge fan! I love how this book is laid out. It takes a recipe and shows its variations and connects to others. It is exactly how I think! It is a great addition to my collection.
csmmom More than 1 year ago
This is Mark Bittman's newest release. Let's start with the design. I absolutely love the sleekness to this cookbook and the fact that it does not have a dust jacket just makes sense. It is a hefty book and when opened, it stays open. See more on my blog bookqueenreviews.wordpress.com