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Mark Bittman/The Minimalist

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I don't get it. Bittman takes good recipes and dumbs them down? Every week, I look at his recipes and decide that I don't like them. Maybe I just don't get the purpose of this column.

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I don't think you're his target audience...

 

edit: I just looked at today's column...what's the matter with it? Good recipes for weeknights, nothing complicated...I appreciate that.

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I don't think you're his target audience...

 

edit: I just looked at today's column...what's the matter with it? Good recipes for weeknights, nothing complicated...I appreciate that.

I am beginning to wonder if I am anyone's target audience. ;)

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I am beginning to wonder if I am anyone's target audience. ;)

Maybe being just a target is enough.

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I don't get it. Bittman takes good recipes and dumbs them down? Every week, I look at his recipes and decide that I don't like them. Maybe I just don't get the purpose of this column.

I like his show, Bittman Takes On, where a real chef cooks something and then he makes a simplified version. Though you might look at it as dumbing down the show implicitly addresses an interesting question: is more complex always better*? The answer almost always appears to be yes**, but often it's closer than you might think.

 

*StSiC.

 

**Without, of course, being able to taste the food.

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I have been reading Copeland Marks' Mayan/Guatemalan book...recipes are so very simple, but I have cooked lots from his other books (also simple) with very good results.

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I don't think you're his target audience...

 

edit:  I just looked at today's column...what's the matter with it?  Good recipes for weeknights, nothing complicated...I appreciate that.

I am beginning to wonder if I am anyone's target audience. ;)

cheer up. you could be someone's target.

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I ahve his book The Minimalist Cooks at Home and I've tried a few things from it. I think it's very good for a beginner like me; it's simple and it allows you to get to understand the primary ingredients better than the ingredients which obscure them. I suspect that after half a dozen recipes from his book, I'll never use it again, but I will have learned some fundamentals in the process.

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I gave one of the young scamhis his How To Cook Everything when she went away to school...and I have gotten good feedback...

I gave that book to my stepmom. She needed it . . . bad.

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I don't think you're his target audience...

 

I am beginning to wonder if I am anyone's target audience. ;)

hey, you're a moving target...Cincinatti look out!!!

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In which Bittman comes over all Kingsley Amis, and reveals himself as a hopeless, weeping drunk. "I did swear that my most recent hangover would be my last, and given that that was more than six weeks ago, I’d say I’m doing pretty well."

 

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