Fish Book The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking
Fish Book is a book that simplifies, once and for all, the process of preparing fish. Organized in an easy-reference, A-Z format, Fish Book gives you the culinary lowdown on seventy kinds of fish and shellfish commonly found in American supermarkets and fish stores. Each entry describes how the fish is sold (fillets, steaks, whole, salted), other names it goes by, how the fish should look, and buying tips.
Fish Book begins with general guidelines on how to store, prepare, and cook fish, whether sauteing, frying, grilling, or smoking, and you will find easy-to-follow illustrations of such important basics as how to gut and fillet a fish. Fish Book also includes up-to-the-minute information on the health benefits of fish in our diet. In addition, there are more than five hundred recipes and variations, all of which use low-fat, high-flavor ingredients to accent the intrinsic natures of the individual fish rather than mask them. And the vast majority of the recipes are ready in less than thirty minutes.
Fish Book Review
I was trying to expand my cooking skills and replacing beef, chicken, and pork in my diet with fish and seafood when I picked Fish Book up. It really helped on both counts. Fish Book provides a great deal of insights and helpful information into buying fish and seafood, and made the seafood counter at the store a lot less intimidating. The recipes in Fish Book are not intended to create ohhs and ahhs. They are simple, yet flavorful dishes that can be whipped up in 30 minutes, in most cases. These are the kind of recipes where I can pick something up on the way home from work, and put together something tasty for the family in short order.
Because most of the recipes are fairly simple, I would encourage readers to use Fish Book as a base to expand ones cooking horizons with respect to fish. The recipes I tried were good, but needed a little extra to round out the flavor or give them some oomph. Unfortunately, tilapia is largely ignored by Bittman, and it would have been nice to get some recipes for this fish, which is readily available in California. Still, Fish Book is a great addition to my cooking library and I’ve already used Fish Book several times for good fish recipes.
Fish Book Details
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 26, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0028631528
- ISBN-13: 978-0028631523
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews