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How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great… by Mark Bittman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, US$ 37.00, Pp 956, October 2019, ISBN 978-1328545435

Twenty years ago, when Mark Bittman first published How to Cook Everything, many people thought it was an exaggeration to include the word ‘everything’ in the title. But Mark Bittman and his publisher stood by it. They thought that they were offering instruction on core techniques and common ingredients, including hundreds of variations, and demonstrating how to make substitutions… the title was not an exaggeration as some people thought. Mark Bittman has been updating it in subsequent editions, turning it into a veritable cooking encyclopedia. The most important part of How to Cook Everything is what Mark Bittman calls ‘flexibility.’ He says that flexibility comes with knowledge and experience. The skills and strategies are at the heart of How to Cook Everything. How to Cook Everything is packed with knowledge and you can gain experience by cooking these recipes. Mark Bittman says that you should start with the simplest dishes, like the master recipes (if you are new to How to Cook Everything) that appear at the beginning of each section. These basic formulas teach you how to poach chicken, for example, stir-fry any vegetable, or make a creamy soup. As you work through the section, the recipes expand on the skill to make dishes as complex or as simple as you like. The more you cook through the book, the more you’ll discover about your tastes, the best ingredients available near you, and how cooking works with your schedule and other passions. Mark Bittman says that he gives everything you need to make practicing new skills fun and delicious. In addition to detailed cooking techniques, Mark Bittman gives detailed tips on how to select the best ingredients and what kind of equipment you need. He also explains the importance of using heat the right way because the quality of the food depends largely on the right way of using heat. The difference between the previous and the latest edition is that the previous editions were primarily aimed at home cooks and the latest edition is for both home cooks and professional cooks. If you were looking for an encyclopedic cookbook, you should be looking for How to Cook Everything. The most important thing about it is that it gives you a lot of freedom and flexibility. Mark Bittman tells you how you can innovate and create an entirely new dish of your own. No matter how many cookbooks you have in your kitchen, you must make How to Cook Everything an essential part of your kitchen.

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