How to Cook Everything Fast

Homemade wonton soup in 30 minutes. Chicken Parmesan without dredging and frying. Fruit crisp on the stovetop. The secret to cooking fast is cooking smart—choosing and preparing fresh ingredients efficiently.

If you’re looking to get real food on the table fast, all you need is a better recipe—and now you’ve got it. How to Cook Everything Fast, my latest comprehensive reference, is more than a cookbook. I’ve woven time management into 2,000 innovative, flavor-packed, all-new recipes that do the thinking for you, offering a roadmap for making the best use of kitchen downtime. By following the simple steps in each recipe, anyone can create delicious food that’s ready in 45, 30, even 15 minutes.

Fast contains hundreds of tips and tricks—my own kitchen “hacks”—to cook smarter and faster. The recipes even look different, with prep steps and cooking steps color-coded and paced into one seamless flow. Helpful tools throughout the book form the backbone of my new way of cooking. There’s a visual guide to prep shortcuts for fruits, vegetables, and proteins; clever techniques to speed up “slow” recipes; illustrated “recipe-free” features that encourage spontaneity; and of course my signature rundowns of key ingredients—only now they’re at-a-glance and built for speed. Fast puts time on your side and makes a lifetime of homemade meals an exciting and delicious reality.

Press for How to Cook Everything Fast:
New York Times Bestseller

Amazon, Best Books of 2014 (Cookbooks, Food & Wine)

National Post, “The best food books of 2014

New York Times, Sunday Book Review: Cooking

Washington Post, “Save money, eat better with these fast recipes

Shape, “The Best Cookbooks of 2014

Minnesota StarTribune, “Mark Bittman’s ‘How to Cook Everything Fast’ rewrites the recipe

Self, “Smart Advice on How to Cook Everything Faster

The Oregonian, “Resolve to cook great food and save time in the kitchen with Mark Bittman’s fast recipes

Kitchen Daily, “Best Cookbook Gifts for the Holidays

Kitchen Daily, “The 11 Best Cookbooks for Fall 2014

The Braiser, “7 Cookbooks to Give This Holiday Season (And Keep For Yourself, Too)

Houston Chronicle, “10 of the season’s best cookbooks

Meatless Monday, “Staff Picks

Daily Herald, “Don Mauer recommends books for cooks

Food Network, “How to Cook Everything Fast — Off the Shelf

Saveur, “Books Worth Buying: October’s Best Food and Drink Releases

Amazon, “Omnivoracious: Mark Bittman, on Cooking with Speed and Confidence

KPCC, “Mark Bittman shares ‘How to Cook Everything Fast’

CBS San Francisco, “Holiday Cookies and How to Cook Fast

Syracuse Post-Standard, “Cooking is the first step toward eating better

Shape, “The Top 5 Recipes Every Woman Should Know

Food Network, “Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide


O, “What’s Your Cooking Style? If You’re An…Efficiency Expert

Philadelphia Inquirer, “More to food than cooking

KATU, “A.M. Northwest: Broiled Ziti

Santa Barbara Independent, “Mark Bittman is Cooking Everything—Fast

Food52, “Fall Cookbook-Palooza: Our Favorite Titles + A Giveaway

WHYY, Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane

Bon Appétit, “How to Make Dinner Faster, Simpler, and Better—with 4 Tips from Mark Bittman

Washington Post, “Mark Bittman answers 7 of our odd questions

TODAY, “Mark Bittman’s case for savory food in the morning, and his favorite 15-minute breakfasts

Washington Post, “Mark Bittman’s ‘How to Cook Everything Fast,’ reviewed

National Post, “The new fast food: Why Mark Bittman is revolutionizing the recipe with How To Cook Everything Fast

CHOW, “10 New Cookbooks We Love

A.M. New York, “Mark Bittman’s ‘How to Cook Everything Fast’ has a lesson for every cook

Amazon, Best Books of October

Bookpage, “Cooking: A new kind of fast food

Austin American-Statesman, “Breakfast at Tamale House East with Mark Bittman

News & Observer, Break out of your dinner rut

NPR, “‘How To Cook Everything Fast’? Bittman Says Skip The Prep

Times Union, “Great Book Finds for Foodies and Map Lovers

Village Voice, “Really Cooking Now: Mark Bittman on Food Politics, the Importance of Cooking, and His New Book

Austin American-Statesman, “Mark Bittman on the virtues of smart eating, efficient cooking

Reader’s Digest, “19 Ways to Cook Everything Faster

AARP, “Think Cobbler is Just for Dessert? You Haven’t Tried This Tomato Version