Like Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything, it's almost impossible to choose favorites from The New York Times Essential Cookbook. It contains more than 1,400 (!) recipes — the best of the best, in Amanda Hesser's view, of all the recipes published in The New York Times in the last 150 years. The cookbook is essentially a deep dive in American cooking over the last century, and a fantastic resource.
Here are a couple favorites from the book.