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Mark Bittman

Coming clean about my vast collection of too neglected cookbooks, I have to admit that poor Mark Bittman has been among the most neglected. For years I’ve had his cookbooks on my shelf. How to Cook Everything, The Minimalist Cooks Dinner, The Minimalist Cooks at Home. I received How to Cook Everything Vegetarian off my wish list this Christmas. Over the years I’ve browsed each book idly but cooked precious little. I’ve markeda single recipe (Fish Simmered in Spicy Soy Sauce) as “very good” but I can’t tell you how many years ago it was that I tried it.

This is shameful behavior on my part because Bittman deserves better.

It was a little over a year ago that I started to reawaken to Bittman. I can trace the moment exactly: it was when every foodie blog and cooking site went absolutely nutso after his No Knead Bread in the New York Times. What really won me over to Bittman was when I started getting New York Times video content through TiVoCast. The Minimalist segments were right up my alley and Bittman’s goofy, good-humored personality won me over immediately. It was the first time I’d seen or heard him instead of just reading him and that was the key.

He’s recently started a blog at the New York Times website, Bitten which has quickly become one of my favorites. today’s tip on parboiling brown rice in advance so you can use it in quick recipes later as you would white rice is a nifty trick. Though I don’t shy from just taking the time brown rice needs not everyone has that luxury and so they miss out on whole grain specialty rices, which is a shame.

Once I’ve plowed through the list of recipes I want to try out of Super Natural Cooking and A New Way to Cook, Bittman’s recipes are next on the list for trial. I may even screw up the courage to try the No Knead Bread (though my anti-bread aura is nearly as strong and infamous as my anti-technology aura).

16 comments to Mark Bittman

  • Thanks for the link! I, too, realized how cool Bittman really is thanks to the TiVoCasts of his The Minimalist column. I especially liked his clementine clafouti recipe and have made several clafoutis since (pear, banana, and a few mixed berry ones.)

    My wife also owns all of the Bittman books, which have become staple references in addition to her collection of Moosewood Restaurant and Nick Stellino cookbooks.

  • Thanks for the link! I, too, realized how cool Bittman really is thanks to the TiVoCasts of his The Minimalist column. I especially liked his clementine clafouti recipe and have made several clafoutis since (pear, banana, and a few mixed berry ones.)

    My wife also owns all of the Bittman books, which have become staple references in addition to her collection of Moosewood Restaurant and Nick Stellino cookbooks.

  • Thanks for the link! I, too, realized how cool Bittman really is thanks to the TiVoCasts of his The Minimalist column. I especially liked his clementine clafouti recipe and have made several clafoutis since (pear, banana, and a few mixed berry ones.)

    My wife also owns all of the Bittman books, which have become staple references in addition to her collection of Moosewood Restaurant and Nick Stellino cookbooks.

  • Thanks for the link! I, too, realized how cool Bittman really is thanks to the TiVoCasts of his The Minimalist column. I especially liked his clementine clafouti recipe and have made several clafoutis since (pear, banana, and a few mixed berry ones.)

    My wife also owns all of the Bittman books, which have become staple references in addition to her collection of Moosewood Restaurant and Nick Stellino cookbooks.

  • (though my anti-bread aura is nearly as strong and infamous as my anti-technology aura)

    Don’t ever — EVER — get a breadmaker. You’ll bring down the power grid for the whole Pacific coast.

  • (though my anti-bread aura is nearly as strong and infamous as my anti-technology aura)

    Don’t ever — EVER — get a breadmaker. You’ll bring down the power grid for the whole Pacific coast.

  • (though my anti-bread aura is nearly as strong and infamous as my anti-technology aura)

    Don’t ever — EVER — get a breadmaker. You’ll bring down the power grid for the whole Pacific coast.

  • (though my anti-bread aura is nearly as strong and infamous as my anti-technology aura)

    Don’t ever — EVER — get a breadmaker. You’ll bring down the power grid for the whole Pacific coast.

  • As if you need more cookbooks…. Have a look at Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, which is basically taking the no-knead bread technique into adding baking bread to your daily meal-prep routine. We’ve turned out great results with absolute rookie cooks.

    I’ll have to look up those TiVoCasts and Bittman’s blog. Thanks for the links!

  • As if you need more cookbooks…. Have a look at Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, which is basically taking the no-knead bread technique into adding baking bread to your daily meal-prep routine. We’ve turned out great results with absolute rookie cooks.

    I’ll have to look up those TiVoCasts and Bittman’s blog. Thanks for the links!

  • As if you need more cookbooks…. Have a look at Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, which is basically taking the no-knead bread technique into adding baking bread to your daily meal-prep routine. We’ve turned out great results with absolute rookie cooks.

    I’ll have to look up those TiVoCasts and Bittman’s blog. Thanks for the links!

  • As if you need more cookbooks…. Have a look at Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, which is basically taking the no-knead bread technique into adding baking bread to your daily meal-prep routine. We’ve turned out great results with absolute rookie cooks.

    I’ll have to look up those TiVoCasts and Bittman’s blog. Thanks for the links!

  • Bittman is my First Responder, my Ghostbusters, my Go-To Guy. How to Cook Everything is the Langer’s Encyclopedia of World History of cooking.

  • Bittman is my First Responder, my Ghostbusters, my Go-To Guy. How to Cook Everything is the Langer’s Encyclopedia of World History of cooking.

  • Bittman is my First Responder, my Ghostbusters, my Go-To Guy. How to Cook Everything is the Langer’s Encyclopedia of World History of cooking.

  • Bittman is my First Responder, my Ghostbusters, my Go-To Guy. How to Cook Everything is the Langer’s Encyclopedia of World History of cooking.