Quote from Intro:

"Anyone can cook, and most everyone should. It's a sorry sign that many people consider cooking 'from scratch' an unusual and even rare talent.
In fact, it is a simple and rewarding craft, one that anyone can learn and even succeed at from the get-go."
-Bittman, HTCE

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Navigating Bittman

When I first saw this massive cookbook on Betsy's counter I thought, "How in the world can that be a quick and easy to use book? It is so massive!!"

Here are a few of the things that I have employed to make "Navigating Bittman" a slightly easier task:
  • Post it notes on the chapters. These are "permanent" post-its that mark all of the chapters that I access regularly. I don't have one for each chapter, but I might rethink that really soon since I've widened my horizons to include beans!!
  • Star post-its. These mark recipes I want to try or ones that I have "on deck" to be made in the coming week. I also recently added a new star color to distinguish recipes that I need to review here on this blog.
What have you done to your Bittman book to make it easier to use?


  1. Betsy mentioned something to me and I had to post it here. I don't have my dust cover on my cookbook, but one idea is to turn your dust cover inside out and then use that white space to make your quick list!

  2. Nerd Alert, here: I highlighted my index to make it easier to use and also put "dictionary type" headings at the top. I highlighted all main entries so that all the million variations wouldn't get in the way--I can see at a glance when chocolate ends and something else begins. The headings at the top help me know if I need to keep flipping pages to get to the "p's" or something like that.


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