Mark Bittman wrote the great cookbook
How To Cook Everything
which I recieved as a gift last Christmas. I like
it because the recipes are simple, the food is good, and Bittman's style
encourages variations and experimentation. Almost ever recipe is followed
by a few alterations, substitutions and additions. It's great for someone
who wants to break out from just following instructions.
I just found out that he's
got a TV show.
It's How to Cook Everything: Mark
Bittman Takes On America's Chefs. On the show, famous chefs make their
signature dishes, while Bittman tries to match it with a home-cooked
version. It'll be
on DVD soon. I may have to pick it up.