by Zoe Pollock

Ken Layne salutes the end of Mark Bittman's Minimalist column:

The best thing about Mark Bittman, to us, is how he validated our particular lifelong half-assed “well that looks pretty good enough” cooking habits. Because we were right, all along! There is no single recipe for anything, and people who obsess over measuring and “having all the ingredients” and everything are, basically, insane people. That is not how you cook to eat, which is the point of cooking: to make a meal you are going to eat, at that point in time.

I couldn't agree more; in honor, here are his 25 favorite recipes.

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