The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking
By Mark Bittman
(Wiley, Paperback, 9780028631523, 384pp.)
Publication Date: January 1999
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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, 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.
Mark Bittman is a nationally known authority on cooking and the author of "The Minimalist," the weekly cooking column in the New York Times that has inspired several books. His bestselling cookbook, How to Cook Everything™, won both the Julia Child (IACP) and James Beard awards, and is considered the bible of contemporary home cooking.