Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix

My mother is one of those people that always knows the bohemian cool, beautifully crafted, hip food products, way before anyone else. I am not saying she is a New Yorker fashionista (she is not), but she is very much in the know with all things West Coast cool and East Coast significant. When she visited us two weeks ago for Ken’s 40th birthday party, she gifted me a cookbook (she has more than 300 cookbooks at home — no joke) which is sooooooooo cool that I can’t stop reading it! Mark Bittman was a New York Times food columnist who created a book with a matrix of possibilities. It is unbelievable — everyone must have it for their kitchen! It also makes a perfect hostess gift for a friend. Take a look!

 

Kitchen matrix. How clever, imaginative, and smart.

Kitchen matrix. How clever, imaginative, and smart.

Smart concept with beautiful pictures.

Smart concept with beautiful pictures.

Each ingredient is shown with how to make it in several different ways -- this way you never get sick of a dish (or ingredient) and can try new recipes and dishes.

Each ingredient is shown with how to make it in several different ways — this way you never get sick of a dish (or ingredient) and can try new recipes and dishes.

16 ways to cook celery! SOLD!

16 ways to cook celery! SOLD!

Cabbage? Yes please!

Cabbage? Yes please!

Look at the options!

Look at the options!

Even hard boiled eggs!

Even hard boiled eggs!

Meat, too.

Meat, too.

Incredibly interesting.

Incredibly interesting.

700 simple recipes

700 simple recipes

Menu planning depending on genre of food.

Menu planning depending on genre of food.

 

Each ingredient comes with straightforward instructions, and simple changes in preparation and ingredient swaps, which create a completely different recipe and taste.  The cookbook has a collection of flexible recipes covering vegetables, fruits, meats and chicken, and even desserts. Whether you’re cooking up soup (creamy, brothy, earthy, or hearty), or preparing zucchini (steamed, roasted, stir-fried, or grilled), this cookbook allows you creativity and imagination, while providing guidelines and focus.  Enjoy!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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