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How to Cook Everything: Bittman Takes On America's Chefs

Chris Schlesinger (#102)

Bittman competes against a Boston grillmaster in a contest of clam and rib recipes on the beach. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: Mark Bittman is the author of the humbly titled How to Cook Everything, a New York Times columnist and, some would say a world-class, but loveable, curmudgeon. In How to Cook Everything: Bittman Takes on America's Chefs, he puts his bold claim of always being right to the test, by going one-on-one with some of the country's most talented chefs as they prepare their signature dishes. Deflating overblown egos like falling souffles, he counters their creations with simple, straightforward recipes to demonstrate how preparing delicious, eye-catching cuisine need not be a difficult or intimidating process.

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