Celebrity Picks: Mark Bittman's Favorite Reads of 2016

Mark-Bittman225If you can't cook, but you need to cook, Mark Bittman is the place to start. When he published How to Cook Everything in 1998, he reinvented the all-in-one cookbook with an encyclopedic offering over 2,000 recipes ranging from the very basics (how to boil an egg) to advanced techniques. Over the years, he's added vegetarian and vegan options, a volume on fast cooking, another book of just the very basics, and now How to Bake Everything: Simple Recipes for the Best Baking, another expansive collection sure to delight to novices and experts alike.

Bittman's own reading tastes, however, are not limited to the culinary. See his picks below, and look here for more celebrity favorites. Learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year.

Mark Bittman's favorite reads of 2016

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The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward E. Baptist
You cannot understand the economy of the U.S. - or even of the world - without an understanding of how its development was driven by 19th century slavery. This book gives you that, in a stunningly readable, heartbreaking form. Genius.

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Felicity by Mary Oliver
I don't read much poetry. This is instantly accessible, and enchanting.

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Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few by Robert Reich
Or re-making it. Robert Reich's book is a fabulous contemporary analysis of what's wrong with "the system" and some great recommendations for first fixes.

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