How to Cook Everything (Hardcover)

The Basics

By Mark Bittman

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780764567568, 224pp.

Publication Date: March 7, 2003

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback, Chinese (3/9/2016)
Paperback, Chinese (3/9/2016)

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How to Cook Everything: The Basics gives you essential recipes and easy-to-follow guidance to help you cook with confidence. Mark Bittman, the bestselling, award-winning author of How to Cook Everything, shows you how to make a good burger or delicious pasta for everyday meals as well as chicken soup on a cold day, lasagne because you love it, and prime rib for company. Not only will you make some of the best food you’ve ever eaten, you’ll save money and eat more healthfully, too.

Anyone can cook

  • Simple, satisfying recipes with easy-to-follow directions
  • Tips to help you shop for, prepare, and cook the recipes
  • Recipe variations and lists of ideas to adapt dishes to your taste
  • Step-by-step illustrations for tricky techniques like mincing garlic

Simple. Straightforward.
Just what you need to cook well.

About the Author

MARK BITTMAN is the author of 30 acclaimed books, including the How to Cook Everything series, the award-winning Food Matters, and the New YorkTimes number-one bestseller, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00. For more than two decades his popular and compelling stories appeared in the Times, where he was ultimately the lead food writer for the Sunday magazine and became the country’s first food-focused Op-Ed columnist for a major news publication. Bittman has starred in four television series, including Showtime’s Emmy-winning Years of Living Dangerously. He has written for nearly every major newspaper in the United States and many magazines, and has spoken at dozens of universities and conferences; his 2007 TED talk has had more than a million views. In 2015 he was a distinguished fellow at the University of California, Berkeley; he is currently a fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Throughout his career Bittman has strived for the same goal: to make food, in all its aspects, understandable. He can be found at, @bittman on Twitter, and @markbittman on Instagram.

Praise For How to Cook Everything: The Basics

"Like a more concise version of The Joy of Cooking, Bittman's streamlined book is the one to keep handy in the kitchen. Perfect for first-time cooks, the book is chock-full of essential recipes and lessons." (Bon Appetit, December 2003)