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Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking

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Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking is a book that simplifies, once and for all, the process of preparing fish. Organized in an easy-reference, A-Z format, Fish gives you the culinary lowdown on seventy kinds of fish and shellfish commonly found in American supermarkets and fish stores. Each entry describes how the fish is sold (fillets, steaks, whole, salted), ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 12th 1999 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 1994)
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Feb 27, 2010 Mark rated it liked it
Good advice on buying fish and preparing it that's usually realistic for the average city-dweller. The best part is the introductions to each type of seafood, so you can learn a bit more about cleaning and preparing it. The mussels section helped me get over my trepidations, and now we've made it three times.

The disappointment is the indexing. It's not always easy to find a new type of fish you found at the store. If the index helped you find basa or swai, then I'd give it 4 stars. Sometimes it
Sep 06, 2007 Jonathan rated it really liked it
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A very good guide to purchasing, preparing, and cooking fish. A fair number of these recipes appear in How To Cook Everything. This is possibly more useful as a guide to different types of fish than for the recipes. I like to cook fish very simply, but I find myself using this book as sort of an encyclopedia of fish, and it serves that purpose well. Also, the color photography is gorgeous.
Mar 26, 2008 Carrie rated it really liked it
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I read cookbooks to get ideas, learn about foods, and also to find recipes. I find that, very often, some cookbooks are better for one than the others. This book is great for all of the above. The first part discusses various fish and styles of cooking. The recipes are organized by type of fish, which is very nice. We've enjoyed every recipe I have tried so far.
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May 07, 2014 Susan Towers rated it really liked it
Bittman's usual approachable no nonsense guide to cooking - in this case fish. Not too complicated, everyday type recipes as well as good advice on buying, preparing and storing fish. Some nice dinner party dishes too. This is another core book for me.
Jul 15, 2009 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a recent article in the New York Times, the author indicated the book is somewhat out of date.

Nevertheless, the book is packed with interesting recipes and fascinating information about fish and other seafood.
Jun 05, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
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If you have no idea how to cook fish, this is the book for you. The recipes we tried were fabulous!
May 01, 2016 Penny rated it liked it
If you're into fish you should check this book out. If you're on the fence about fish then this book could sway you. I seriously only eat salmon so it could only help me so much.
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MARK BITTMAN is one of the country's best-known and most widely respected food writers. His How to Cook Everything books, with one million copies in print, are a mainstay of the modern kitchen. Bittman writes for the Opinion section of New York Times on food policy and cooking, and is a columnist for the New York Times Magazine. His "The Minimalist" cooking show, based on his popular NYT column, ...more
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