I have a huge recipe collection, but I keep very few cookbooks on my bookshelf. One of them is Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything, which is one of my favorite reference manuals in the kitchen. So when I was asked to review his new e-book, Cooking Solves Everything: How Time in the Kitchen Can Save Your Health, Your Budget, and Even the Planet, I eagerly agreed.
Bittman’s basic message is sound: Everyone should cook more.
His delivery can be a little off-putting to a busy mom with picky kids – sometimes it takes chicken nuggets to satisfy the kids and save our own sanity. But I felt like Bittman would treat me like a criminally bad mom if I took the kids to McDonald’s.
He made his point, though. I didn’t know that McNuggets contain more corn product than chicken. GROSS!!! And now I don’t want to set food in McDonald’s again.
My second favorite part of this e-book is the way Bittman connects everything – cooking fresh food has obvious health benefits, and he points out that for the same amount of money, you can get unhealthy fast food or healthy fresh food that you cook yourself. He also ties in the environment – cooking at home helps farmers (especially smaller ones), and preserves natural resources by shortening the production line and reducing shipping costs.
But my most favorite part of the e-book is the end, which has a list of Bittman’s pantry staples and some quick recipe ideas. I never would have thought to combine sweet potatoes and shrimp, let alone in a stir fry – now I’m going to have to try it.
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