The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking

By Mark Bittman; Dennis M. Gottlieb (Photographer)

Houghton Mifflin, Paperback, 9780028631523, 367pp.

Publication Date: January 1999


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.

About the Author
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(r) The Basics, How to Cook Everything(r), How to Cook Everything(r) 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