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Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix: Visual Recipes To Make Cooking Easier Than Ever

Pam Krauss: Penguin. Oct. 2015. 304p. photos. index. ISBN 9780804188012. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780804188029. COOKING
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Best-selling author Bittman (The VB6 Cookbook) coaxes readers toward a more improvisational style of cooking in this illustrated collection of 400-plus dishes grouped by shared commonalities. Sections such as "cocktails 12 ways" and "vegetable soup 12 ways" arrange recipes and thumbnail photographs in a grid layout that makes it easy to visualize how slight changes in preparation can yield drastically different results. Many of these recipes lend themselves to improvisation—a basic cookie dough, for instance, can be flavored, shaped, filled, and frosted in pretty much any way imaginable.
VERDICT This unconventional cookbook can help proficient cooks develop ideas for creating their own recipe variations.

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