Synopses & Reviews
Homemade wonton soup in 30 minutes. Chicken Parmesan without dredging and frying. Fruit crisp on the stovetop. The secret to cooking fast is cooking smart — choosing and preparing fresh ingredients efficiently.
In How to Cook Everything Fast, Mark Bittman provides a game plan for becoming a better, more intuitive cook while you wake up your weekly meal routine with 2,000 main dishes and accompaniments that are simple to make, globally inspired, and bursting with flavor.
How to Cook Everything Fast is a book of kitchen innovations. Time management — the essential principle of fast cooking — is woven into revolutionary recipes that do the thinking for you. You’ll learn how to take advantage of downtime to prepare vegetables while a soup simmers or toast croutons while whisking a dressing. Just cook as you read — and let the recipes guide you quickly and easily toward a delicious result.
Bittman overhauls hundreds of classics through clever (even unorthodox) use of equipment and techniques — encouraging what he calls “naturally fast cooking” — and the results are revelatory.
There are standouts like Cheddar Waffles with Bacon Maple Syrup (bold flavors in less time); Charred Brussels Sprout Salad with Walnuts and Gorgonzola (the food processor streamlines chopping); Spaghetti and Drop Meatballs with Tomato Sauce (no rolling or shaping); and Apple Crumble Under the Broiler (almost instant dessert gratification).
Throughout, Bittman’s commonsense advice and plentiful variations provide cooks with freedom and flexibility, with tips for squeezing in further shortcuts, streamlined kitchen notes, and illustrations to help you prep faster or cook without a recipe.
How to Cook Everything Fast puts time on your side and makes a lifetime of homemade meals an exciting and delicious reality.
“He’s been teaching us how to cook delicious food for years, and now Mark Bittman continues the tradition with a focus on innovative, quick meals. His newest project is so much more than your typical cookbook; it’s a lifestyle guide for reinventing the efficiency with which we eat great food. Mark Bittman is one of my heroes and everyone can stand to have a copy of his newest book in their collection.” Mario Batali, chef, author, and entrepreneur
“Who wouldn’t like to make life easier in the kitchen? With hundreds of leisurely recipes, tips, methods, and instructions, Mark Bittman cooks next to you for a faster, effortless, and delicious outcome.” Jaques Pépin, cookbook author, teacher, and host of numerous PBS-TV cooking series
In this must-have book, Mark Bittman streamlines and improves everyday cooking with 2,000 simple, innovative, and delicious recipes and a definitive game plan for becoming a faster, more intuitive cook.
The secret to cooking fast is cooking smart — how you choose and prepare ingredients and use your time in the kitchen. In How to Cook Everything Fast, Mark Bittmans latest innovative, comprehensive, must-have culinary reference, he shows how anyone can make 2,000 simple, incredibly flavorful dishes incredibly fast — in under 45, 30, even 15 minutes — including Split Whole Chicken and Vegetables, Skillet Meat Loaf, Báhn Mì, Potato and Spinach Saag, and Crisp Pork and Watermelon Tacos. Approaching every part of cooking with a fresh eye, Mark reimagines how to use ingredients, equipment, and techniques to boost speed, such as running ziti under the broiler and simplifying mole to its flavorful essentials. Even the recipe format enables efficiency by assigning prep work to natural downtimes that occur in cooking. The result is a truly easy-to-follow game plan for discovering an all-new repertoire of fantastic recipes and, most importantly, for becoming a faster cook every time you use the book.
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® The Basics, How to Cook Everything®, How to Cook Everything® 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 markbittman.com.