Thursday, May 19, 2011

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Cookbook Review beginnings

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I just ordered for my sister-in-law Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything."  I am the geek who sat and read most of it during the 3 days between receiving it and giving it to her as a present. 

It was ground-breaking.  Well, at least for me.  I do not own any generic cookbooks that cover every topic, mostly vegetarian cookbooks that pretty much stick to appetizers, entree's, and desserts.  I do own a crepe cookbook found at a rummage sale, a pretty crummy mexican cookbook that should probably be called tex-mex, and about 100 cooking magazines (after giving away about 50 in the last few months).

Mark really does cover almost everything.  I was disappointed last night when he gave a pizza dough recipe but not a tortilla recipe, perhaps because I specifically needed a tortilla recipe and thought it could be part of 'everything', but that is besides the point. 

Mark's vegetable section literally goes through each vegetable (within reason), and supplies a handful of simple, fresh recipes.  He provides basic foundational recipes like stir fry, cheese sauce, or grilled cheese, and bestows upon us at least 10 ways to mix it up and throw in some changes.  Mark tells us how to make our own cheese, artisinal bread with no kneading, and so much more.  I love his fresh, minimalist perspective and if you are a more visual person (no photos is one drawback), check out his New York Times videos, if you can cook a bit, you can watch his videos and just make the dish. 

I may have ordered it the day after we gave the regular one to my sister-in-law.  I may have sat reading this cookbook as well the last few days. 

Look out for many recipes to come once we get our first boxes.  I hear rumors of June 2nd!!

1 comment:

  1. Vegetarian Cook Book provid all Type of Recipe. I Really like this. It's Recipe is really Good for all.