Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix:
Marty Martindale

More Than 700 Simple Recipes and Techniques to
Mix and Match for Endless Possibilities

Mark Bittman states, “For years I have said, if you can cook 10 recipes you can cook 10,000 … from simple recipes spring nearly endless possibilities. Over 700 recipes designed to make you want to branch out and make some of your own creations. Tis is an important food book at a time when cookbooks are becoming less in-demand due to recipes on the web.

Recipe generators are lists of similar ingredients from which you choose one or two. Then move onto the next list for selections until you have a finished dish. The generator recipes are different from the “ways” in that the latter gives a variety of ways to use all its selections to achieve one of many recipes.

Below are but a few of the generators or many ways to fix other foods.

  • Dessert bar recipe generator
  • Eggs recipe generator
  • Finger Food generator
  • Grain salad recipe generator
  • Paella recipe generator
  • Spring rolls recipe generator
  • Tartare recipe generator



  •  Bell peppers 16 ways
  •  Brown rice 12 ways
  •  Celery 16 ways
  •  Chick peas 4 ways
  •  Chicken breast 9 ways
  •  Chicken parts 12 ways
  •  Corn 12 ways
  •  Gazpacho 12 ways
  •  Gnocchi 4 ways
  •  Grilled eggplant 12 ways
  •  Ice pops 12 ways
  •  Matzo 3 ways
  •  Miso sauces 4 ways
  •  Pasta Primavera 8 ways
  •  Pork ribs 9 ways
  •  Potatoes 12 way
  •  Quinoa 10 ways
  •  Shrimps 12 ways
  •  Slaw 8 ways
  •  Spinach 12 ways
  •  Turkey 20 ways
  •  Vegetable soup 12 ways
  •  White fish fillets 12 ways


With Corn + 12 ways, Bittman uses short recipes to change up CORN as:

  • Tomatoes and Basil
  • Avacado and Herbs
  • Seafood and Tarragon
  • With Saffron
  • With Bacon
  • Mexican Style
  • Corn and Green Chile
  • Corn and Tomato
  • Corn and Coconut Milk
  • Corn Cakes
  • Arepas
  • Corn Crab Cakes


Here’s his 12 ways to change up ASPARAGUS.

  • With Brown Butter
  • With Aioli
  • With Fried Eggs and Ham
  • With or Without Bacon
  • With Carrots, Sesame and Soy
  • With Blue Cheese and Bread Crumbs
  • With Shallots and Fish Sauce
  • With Scallops and Black Beans
  • With Chicken and Shitakes
  • With Lemon Marinade
  • With Grape Tomatoes and Pesto
  • With Red Pepper Glaze


Bittman’s “generators” are similar to what Foodsite Magazine refers to as “modular” recipes. They really put you into the driver’s seat.

Marty Martindale

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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