If you want to be a little more systematic about your cooking, Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food,” is more than a collection of recipes. Reading this book will teach you how to use your time like professional chefs: in layers. Bittman says “it’s a collection of recipes in a style we’ve devised to teach you how to cook in the way people who really know how do all the time.” Your favorite family cook has this figured out by heating this while prepping that, having an efficient kitchen set up, and knowing when to use pre-packaged foods or fresh only for the best flavor. Bittman and his team have come up with the compendium to learn that (or fake it ‘til you make it!).