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The Best Recipes In the World
More Than 1,000 International Recipes
to Cook at Home

by Mark Bittman

In his 1.7 million copy bestseller How to Cook Everything, award-winning, bestselling author Mark Bittman makes the difficult doable. Now, after six years of globe-spanning travel, he brings readers the most authentic and the BEST recipes from around the globe. In The Best Recipes In the World: More than 1,000 International Dishes to Cook At Home. Mark's methodical zeal and boundless curiosity makes the "exotic" accessible.

The Best Recipes In the World will not only teach the most traditional American cook how to prepare global cuisine, it will expand tastes and ingredient choices as well. This is the first international cookbook to give equal emphasis to European and Asian cuisine—Asian food now rivals European fare in popularity—with easy-to-follow recipes for Stir-fry from Japan, Black Bean and Garlic Spareribs from China, and Tandoori Chicken from India. Other less familiar cuisines are explored in depth as well such as Turkish, Spanish and Mexican.

Mark teaches us how to shop locally and cook globally: If you wanted to cook Vietnamese food tonight, but have never done so before, it is possible with recipes from this book, ingredients from the grocery store around the comer, and with the simple (or fancy) tools you have in your kitchen. With Mark's easy to follow, quick (or largely unattended) recipes, and detailed instructional drawings, you could be enjoying a delicious, homemade caramelized shrimp dish for dinner in about the same amount of time it takes for your take out order to arrive at your front door.

Mark Bittman makes it so easy:

The Best Recipes In the World is the destination for home cooks looking to explore the best the world has to offer. Like all of our finest cookbooks, it will not only help us put dinner on the table, but it will change the way Americans think about everyday food.

About the Author

Best-selling cookbook author Mark Bittman is the creator and author of the popular New York Times weekly column, "The Minimalist," and one of the country's best-known and widely admired food writers. This past spring his PBS series "How to Cook Everything: Bittman Takes on America's Chefs" debuted. In the series, he pits his home cooking against the ultra-style of the best known chefs in the country (

How to Cook Everything won both the Julia Child general cookbook award and the James Beard general cookbook award for 1998 and spent a record 130 weeks on the L.A. Times Cookbook Hot List—an unprecedented feat. Mr. Bittman created a best-selling collaboration with the internationally celebrated chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Their classic, Jean-Georges: Cooking at Home with a Four-Star Chef won a James Beard award, and is widely considered to be among the most accessible chefs cookbooks ever published. And Mr. Bittman's first book. Fish—The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking, currently in its eighth printing, is the best-selling book on the subject. Mr. Bittman also produced the award-winning Minimalist Cookbook series: The Minimalist Cooks at Home, The Minimalist Cooks Dinner, and The Minimalist Entertains.

Mr. Bittman is a regular guest on the "Today Show" and NPR's "All Things Considered" and has appeared on countless national and local radio and television shows.


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