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Cook the Book: 'How to Cook Everything, Revised Tenth Anniversary Edition'

Words by Michele Humes | "I have no interest in helping people becoming chefs," Mark Bittman admits in a recent interview. Instead, he's interested in teaching people to cook as he himself does—which is to say, "adequately." I happen to think that Mr. Bittman sells himself short. I'll admit, the title of this week's Cook the Book pick initially struck me as a little grandiose. But, having thoroughly combed the volume, I've come to understand that How to Cook Everything doesn't purport to contain every recipe in the world. What it does contain are the starting points, the techniques, and, crucially, the coaching in kitchen improv that will enable you to piece together almost any dish you can think of.... More

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