In his own words, "My hope is not to make you an expert recipe follower (as so many baking books do), but to help you become a confident, intuitive baker, capable of discerning which rules you should follow and which of the many you can and should break." How to Bake Everything is exactly that — a book that teaches you rather than tells you. And it teaches you everything. Recommended By Britt A., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
In the most comprehensive book of its kind, Mark Bittman offers the ultimate baker’s resource. Finally, here is the simplest way to bake everything, from American favorites (Crunchy Toffee Cookies, Baked Alaska) to of-the-moment updates (Gingerbread Whoopie Pies). It explores global baking, too: Nordic ruis, New Orleans beignets, Afghan snowshoe naan. The recipes satisfy every flavor craving thanks to more than 2,000 recipes and variations: a pound cake can incorporate polenta, yogurt, ricotta, citrus, hazelnuts, ginger, and more. New bakers will appreciate Bittman’s opinionated advice on essential equipment and ingredient substitutions, plus extensive technique illustrations. The pros will find their creativity unleashed with guidance on how to adapt recipes to become vegan, incorporate new grains, improvise tarts, or create customized icebox cakes using a mix-and-match chart. Demystified, deconstructed, and debunked—baking is simpler and more flexible than you ever imagined.
"He’s taught us how to cook everything before, and now it’s time to bake. Leaving no question unanswered, here Mark Bittman has mastered all things baking, ensuring that everyone from novices to guys like me can whip, fold, and maybe even knead bakery-worthy breads and pastries from their home ovens." Jim Lahey, founder/owner of Sullivan Street Bakery and author of My Bread
"How to Bake Everything is more than a recipe book, it is a constant companion to help navigate the complex vocabulary and techniques of the mysterious and joyous world of baking. Bittman dispels all of my previously perplexing baking phobias so that I can now truly create delicious and satisfying pies, loaves, and slumps with confidence for the first time in my long chef’s life. You NEED this book! It will replace all baking cookbooks in my library and its pages are destined for the same stained and dogeared finish as How to Cook Everything!" Mario Batali, chef, entrepreneur, and philanthropist
"Wow! Once again, Bittman shows that he's unafraid of the big. He manages to take on 'everything' to do with baking without losing track of how simple, fun, and delicious it should be." Yotam Ottolenghi, author of Jerusalem, Plenty, and Nopi
"Bittman’s latest tome cements his position as encyclopedist of modern cooking. Here he focuses on the process of baking, presenting more than 2,000 recipes. It surprises no one that he inventories cakes, cookies, pies, breads, and all manner of pastries, but Bittman delves deep into less expected crackers and their cousins, flatbreads. He also gives instructions for fillings and frostings to top those baked items. Other nonbaked recipes embrace frozen desserts, sauces, and even some candies. Bittman’s gift is the ability to share myriad intelligent approaches to basic recipes, making one formula yield multiple results and encouraging readers to use their own imaginations. Tables and sidebars throughout offer equipment and technique tips. He even shows how to reformat standard recipes into vegan-friendly alternatives. In his quest to leave no baking question unanswered, Bittman advises how to repurpose burned cookies to ensure that even disaster can be salvaged. This compendium is the next best thing to having the master himself in the kitchen, and should be a staple for all public library collections." Booklist (Starred Review)
The one book everyone needs for a lifetime of great baking and the only truly comprehensive book on the topic. Classic meets creative in a world-spanning collection of over 2000 recipes and variations that are as simple and straightforward as can be, yet more varied and customizable than ever before.
About the Author
Mark Bittman is one of Americas 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 papers 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.
Tracey T. on PowellsBooks.Blog
Every year cookbook styling and recipe development get better and better. In reviewing the past year's offerings, I ended up with a large pile of favored cookbooks. Reducing this stack to only 10 was a bit sad, as I had to put away some cookbooks that I really, really like. Each of the remaining books had to pass a test: I had to be inspired to cook from it repeatedly...