How to Cook Everything Fast by Mark Bittman

How to Cook Everything Fast

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, a...

Details How to Cook Everything Fast

TitleHow to Cook Everything Fast
Release DateOct 7th, 2014
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Cooking, Food, Nonfiction, Reference

Reviews How to Cook Everything Fast

  • Elizabeth Theiss
    Coming home hungry at 6:00 at night to a cold, empty kitchen can be downright discouraging. It is tempting to get back in the car and head for the nearest fast food joint. But what if you could have a hot, delicious , healthy dinner on the table in less time than it would take you to get a restaurant meal? This is the gift of Bittman's latest book. Last night, the Chicken Mole wowed the critics (I live with amateur food critics, one of whom is pa...
  • Laura McLoughlin
    My go-to cookbook since I got it for Christmas. Cannot complain about any of the recipes we have tried. It is especially helpful for weeknight dinners (the 30 minute meals might take me closer to 40 minutes but that may improve with practice). My favorite recipes thus far - Eggplant Parmesan sub, Chicken Stroganoff, Ramen noodle stew, and quinoa mushroom puttanesca. A great edition to the "How to Cook Everything" series (we also have the red "How...
  • Robin
    This might just be the Joy of Cooking for a new generation of cooks. Mark Bittman is knowledgable and appealing, and his recipes are approachable for brand new cooks. How to Cook Everything Fast is a giant compendium of methods, cuisines, and courses. I'm a cookbook junkie but I can see how you could get by with this as your only book. A step up from "how to boil water," this would make a great gift for anyone starting off on his or her own in a ...
  • James
    A good beginner's cookbook with enough interesting recipes for continued use:1) The uncluttered kitchen, have plenty of open counter space and keep the kitchen utensils basic. The only stuff I have that's not on his list is my coffee gear, a fast boiling electric kettle and an electric pressure cooker. The latter two help with fast cooking. My simple test for good enough organization, can I cook a meal without moving stuff around?2) The basic goo...
  • Deb
    Another great resource from Mark Bittman, filled with countless recipes--especially when you count the many variations to all of the main recipes. This book is especially good for the newer or non-intuitive cook as it provides step by step guidelines for the prepping and cooking of the recipes in a way that saves time to get them on the table in about 30 minutes or even less. Although I found myself skipping over the detailed steps a bit and doin...
  • Sarah Pierce
    This book is amazing, almost everything I have made from it has been delicious and flavorful. I am using spices I rarely use and learning techniques with the step by step instructions on when to do what. You really do cook things quickly and moving through the kitchen is more fluent. I am cooking fresher and healthier now thanks to this book.
  • Sara
    Not vegan, but lots of vegan recipes. I love the way he did this, with instructions written in a more intuitive way and accounting for prep overlapping with other parts of cooking. This is just the way I like to cook. Simple but delicious!
  • Deborah Cleaves
    What?! No pictures?!!Say it ain’t so, cookbooks without pictures are a sacrilege. Still, the instructions are straightforward and orderly, with variations of each handily close. Some instructions perplex. Why is all toast made in an oven? Except for tuna with peanut butter, the recipes sound full of flavor and simple enough for the majority of home cooks, even neophytes.
  • Stephanie
    It's rare for me to ever get excited about a cookbook without any photos. Not a single photo. Nada. Zip. Zilch. It's just black and white text (with some blue text thrown in for fun), a few step-by-step illustrations and weighs just enough to make me say 'Oooof' every time I pick it up.So, why did I pick up Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Fast for a review? And why was I excited about it? Because it is USEFUL.This book is big. Really big....
  • Lilyanne
    Unfortunately I don't seem to be as "fast" as Mark Bittman, but every single meal I've made out of this book has been delicious and healthy, and took less than an hour. Some favorites are: Red Lentils with Toasted Cauliflower, Chickpea and Couscous Stew with Moroccan Spices, Stewed Collard Greens, Smoky Bulgur with Eggplant, Dried Tomatoes and Feta, the list goes on.The big selling point is the way Bittman lays out the recipes. In between directi...
  • Laura
    This is an incredible cookbook. It's very family-friendly; most ingredients are easy to get, and it really helps you get dinner on the table very fast. It's also good for collaborative cooking, since prep steps are in blue. So, if you've got a helper in the kitchen, you can just tell them to do the blue steps and you'll be in good shape.For me, the salads and soups were standouts. I also like his fish dishes; the sandwich chapter was probably the...
  • Lisa
    A large, comprehensive cookbook. Even though I already knew most of the chopping techniques, I would recommend this book to anyone just getting started cooking, or looking to make their cooking more efficient. I marked quite a few recipes and appreciated the icons for various speeds of recipes. I also really liked that each recipe lists several other recipes from the book as sides. Helpful feature!
  • Sara
    Got this from the library for my Kindle. SO many good recipes and great advice about organizing yourself and your ingredients to speed things along. I definitely want to buy my own copy of this for our cookbook shelf...I think a lot of the advice he gives would be great for the SO, who has expressed some interest in taking on a bit more of the cooking but struggles with the organization aspect of it.
  • Jenn
    Since I only have an hour to drive to and from work, and prepare and eat dinner, this book was just what I needed. Though some of the recipes wouldn't appeal to me, since I'm such a picky eater, it did offer me a variety of things to try (and I'm more than ready to try new things at this point, since I find myself fixing the same things over and again). Can't wait to dig into these recipes.
  • Chris Cook
    During the process of reading through this book, I've also tried out at least half a dozen recipes, all of them good. It's my intention to work my way through the book, and make virtually everything. This will take a really, really long time.
  • Patricia C
    The most worthwhile cookbook I've ever purchased! For a working individual with no time for elaborate meal prep but a deep love of food and a meager bank account, this book was a lifesaver. Cover to cover its worth it's weight in gold.
  • Craig Jones
    This is now my go-to cookbook.
  • Lucky
    Mark Bittman is one of my favorites. Very good book. Just read it!!
  • Danielle
    One of my favorite cookbooks. The recipes are all appealing, and I love how Bittman added mix and match options so that if you're sick of the same old thing, there are easy ideas right there to have a different dish. All the prep is part of the time included in the recipe and the instructions tell you when to prep and how to cook at the same time which is awesome. There are also suggested side dishes for each recipe and it's a HUGE book so you'll...
  • Anthony Faber
    The speed limitation limits the amount of work involved, so the recipes aren't too involved and some of the recipes look very good, but does he have to tell us that each recipe is wonderful? If he didn't think so, he wouldn't have put it in the book, right?
  • Klyon
    Great ideas for the way I like to cook and eat.
  • Lisa
    Everything I've made has been delicious and didn't take too long.
  • Teresa
    This is a huge cookbook with all types of great recipes. The recipe steps are very detailed, and they do become a bit distracting for a seasoned cook, but would be helpful for someone without much experience in the kitchen. There are absolutely no pictures or photos in the book, allowing for many, many recipes to be listed. Plus, I really love the various options that are listed after the recipes. He gives helpful tips and reminders. I tried seve...
  • Laura
    3 1/2 of 5 stars. I like Bittman and the way he streamlines the cooking process. I find cooking on a daily basis to be very difficult and I like that he seems to understand that. How to Cook Everything Fast is a wellspring of recipes advice and cooking techniques. My issue with it is that it's over 1000 pages. I think this would be a great ebook to have, you could refer to the recipes on your phone at the store, or just bring your reader into the...
  • Dan Gorman
    This enormous book contains something in the ballpark of 400 recipes, and many of them seem candidates for genuinely fast preparation. Bittman writes in a straightforward style and gives the style of one swapping cooking tips over dinner with friends. The downside is that a lot of these recipes rely on cheese, butter, and wine — great ingredients if you want to die happy, but perhaps not for losing weight in the new year!
  • Rebecca
    Pictures of Recipes? None.Commentary on Recipes? YesNutrition Facts? Nope.Recipe style? Mark Bittman simplified to faster cooking. Recipes cover a wide variety of cultures. Any keepers? Tons. I love that you get more of Mark Bittman's awesome recipes, but in a pared down style with shortish ingredient list and abreviated cook times.
  • Laura
    This is quickly becoming one of my go-to cookbooks. I like the variations included with each recipe, though admittedly I tend to use recipes as a general guideline rather than something I follow to the letter. This is helping me think about different ways to use thing again, which is great because I'd very much gotten in a rut.
  • Marcia
    If you, like me, are seeing this book for the first time as a smallish thumbnail on a screen, know that it is a huge, heavy reference book. My daughter has requested it for when she moves away to university, but it is not an easy book to page through while curled up on a couch or while eating solo at table.
  • Donna
    In addition to the super practical recipes, which are organized to maximize prep speed & efficiency, Bittman includes instructions on how to create basics like salad dressing and tomato sauce without a recipe & just the ingredients you have on hand.
  • jen8998
    I just got this one about a week ago and have been cooking out of it ever sense. The recipes are straightforward and easy to make. So far, I've loved the chicken and dumplings and the swiss chard gratin recipes. Another excellent offering from Mark Bittman, one of my favorite cookbook authors.