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Monday, December 16, 2019

Celebrity picks: Mark Bittman's favorite reads of 2019

Bittman_mark_1.jpgWhere would home cooks be without Mark Bittman's classic, foundational cookbook How to Cook Everything? It's been twenty years since the cookbook first landed in kitchens across the country. To celebrate, Bittman has updated it in a new 20th edition, complete with new recipes, color photos, and variations like Slow-Simmered Beef Chili, My New Favorite Fried Chicken, and much more. In addition to his cookbooks, Bittman's New York Times column is a regular source of inspiration at my house - and his reading recommendations are pretty great as well. Here are Mark Bitttman's favorite reads of 2019.

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

A not-depressing if not exactly uplifting view, tinted by magical realism, of one possible future of the world from the point of view of two "immigrants," perhaps better thought of as wanderers.

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Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

It starts like a missing-person novel, almost like a police procedural, but it's really anything but that. What it is, is a unique story of a town, and the hero is nature. I liked The Overstory; I loved this.

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The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson I by Robert A. Caro

Volume I of Caro's The Years of Lyndon Johnson. As close to a page-turner as biography can be, especially the Texas history. Highly recommended in audio; the reader is wonderful, and you can just walk around in a trance for a few weeks. (It's long.)

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