• The digital cooking coach

    Whether you're just starting out in the kitchen or are an advanced cook wanting to refine your technique, the tips, suggestions, and know-how in Cooking Basics will take your cooking to the next level.

  • Getting started is easy

    The app contains all you need to set up your kitchen, fill your pantry, and stock your fridge. The Getting Started section introduces the essential methods of preparation and techniques you'll use for all the great recipes in the app, and features Mark Bittman's “five golden rules of the kitchen.”

  • Covering the basics

    In the Basics section—organized by food type—you’ll find explanation of broad topics like cooking grains, preparing different types of stock, or hosting a party.

  • Delicious recipes that work

    Core to the app is a comprehensive collection of delicious and well-tested recipes, illustrated with detailed how-to photographs.

  • Explore a recipe

    Each recipe features ingredients, steps, timers, and a beautiful photo of the finished dish. From here, you can save to your Favorites file, make a shopping list, or Tweet your progress.

  • Focus on the details

    Expanded photos explain critical moments of each step. Voiceovers by Mark Bittman himself offer additional advice on how to achieve that perfect result.

  • Hone your skills

    The Skills section contains hundreds of demonstrations on core techniques such as “Preparing Chiles,” “Grinding Meat,” and “Crimping the Pie Shut.”

  • Choose a class

    The best way to learn is by doing! Self-directed cooking classes teach selected recipes in-depth, with extra photos and commentary by Mark Bittman. You'll learn how to use tools and techniques to achieve great results. Classes are available when the app is run on iPad only.

  • Learn More with Lessons

    Classes are made up of a series of lessons, and each lesson expands upon a recipe, with additional notes, tips, and photos. At the end of each lesson, the After Class section guides you to similar recipes where you can apply what you've learned.

All you need to make great food

Cooking Basics, compatible with iPad&reg and iPhone® and available on the App Store, is part of the bestselling How to Cook Everything® family of apps. This photo-rich mobile cooking school features recipes, cooking advice, and instruction from Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist and author of the How to Cook Everything® books. With 1,000 photos, 185 recipes, audio/video, and loads of kitchen tips, it's an excellent choice for everyone who wants to cook with more authority—from amateurs just learning to scramble eggs, to aficionados wanting to fine-tune their seafood techniques.

"Cooking, at its heart, is simple and straightforward. Even if you've never picked up a pot or a pan in your life, you can — and should! — enjoy some time in the kitchen every day."

Mark Bittman

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