Mark Bittman’s ‘How to Cook Everything’ is the best cookbook for people who hate cooking

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I’ve never enjoyed cooking, but Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything” is changing that.
It’s designed for new cooks and builds skills that make cooking fun rather than tedious.
You can find delicious recipes, advanced variations, and an index with ingredients sitting in your fridge.

When I think of cooking, I think of interminable boredom. For me, it’s a purgatory of chopping, re-reading instructions, and Googling “what is a rolling boil?” while the world moves on elsewhere.

But, as someone who loves delicious food, it’s in my best interest to learn how to make it (especially since cooking is cheaper than takeout). Plus, as I’ve often heard, cooking is a source of everyday joy and creativity to many people.

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So, I ordered food journalist Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything” – the bible of beginner cooking. And while I’m not an impassioned chef, I’m happy to report that I’m closer to being competent. More importantly, I’m actually enjoying cooking for the first time – like when I made this simple, 5-ingredient salmon recipe in 10 minutes.

I made a super easy, 5-ingredient salmon dinner from one of the book’s recipes.

The book (on its third adaptation) is unstuffy, practical, and ingeniously organized to enable spontaneity. As Bittman writes, flexibility – the thing that makes us love or hate cooking – is “the most important aspect” of his cooking philosophy. He designed the cookbook to be “as much reference as recipe collection,” – and I highly recommend it.

Here’s why Mark Bittman’s cookbook is great for anyone who wants to hate cooking less:
1. It starts with simple recipes before moving on to more advanced meals that build on those skills.

Each chapter begins with simple recipes that teach you an essential skill, like how to poach chicken or stir fry a vegetable, followed by recipes that build on that new knowledge. It’s a low barrier to entry, and if you read sequentially, you’ll develop the confidence and experience to cook more freely.

2. It’s a complete resource, including charts, categories, and more.

As a millennial, I’m used to Googling all my questions, but I underestimated just how nice one definitive, offline resource is, especially from someone you trust.

“How to Cook Everything” has visual instructions on tasks like chopping, a conversion chart for measurements, and even a simple chart for sushi bowl assembly. The book is generally detailed enough without you needing to rely on secondary resources.

3. You can go as shallow or deep as you like in learning.

You can read this book as an instructional tome or drop in for a three-step pasta recipe on a Wednesday night. Your conversational introduction to electric mixers is on page 12; your simple waffles recipe on 742.

4. Bittman includes practical tips …read more

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