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'The Most Useful Cookbook I've Ever Had'

Published October 10, 2022

Summer-into-fall recipes are what’s for dinner this week

I have a large collection of cookbooks: spiral-bound church and Junior League books from cities throughout the country — a signed copy of Paul Bocuse’s French Cooking, classics from Paula Wolfert, Edna Lewis, and Thomas Keller — but all of those are in my living room. In my kitchen, there is only a small space on the top shelf of a cupboard for the books that I actually use. Those are: the most recent edition of How To Cook Everything, Maricel Presilla’s Gran Cocina Latina, a small old softcover from Larousse just titled Vegetables, and Jeff Koehler’s La Paella. Of those, HTCE still gets the most traffic. I think that is about to change.

I never had the original How to Cook Everything Fast, and maybe I would have felt the same way about that one, but the new edition from Mark and Kerri is the most useful cookbook I’ve ever had.