101 Simple Meals in 10 Minutes–or Less!

One of my all-time favorite cooks is Mark Bittman.

(Photo © Fred R. Conrad/New York Times)

I was first introduced to Bittman around 2005 through his PBS cooking shows, “Bittman Takes on America’s Chefs” and “The Best Recipes in the World.” Author of How to Cook Everything, Food Matters, among others, and a longtime contributor to Wednesday’s Dining Section of The New York Times (he is now a food columnist for the Sunday magazine but still contributes recipes), Bittman can take just a couple of ingredients and create an inventive, delicious, and quick meal.

In the summer, when dinnertime is right around the corner and you don’t really feel like cooking, Bittman, of course, has the answer. In 2007, he published in the Times, Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less.” As he writes in the introduction, these are more of a general outline instead of a formal recipe. Such as this:

“3. Cut eight sea scallops into four horizontal slices each. Arrange on plates. Sprinkle with lime juice, salt and crushed chilis; serve after five minutes.”

See, simple, easy, and delicious in six minutes! He has since expanded this idea to “101 20-Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics” (2008), “101 Simple Salads for the Season” (2009), and “101 Fast Recipes for Grilling” (2010).

So, get your printer fired up and take advantage of your ten free monthly articles from the Times and print these menus out! I always haul them out once springtime arrives for some needed inspiration on those evenings I don’t feel like cooking!

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