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This is the fourth New York Times cookbook compiled by best-selling cookbook editor LINDA AMSTER. Previously, she edited The New York Times Passover Cookbook, The New York Times Jewish Cookbook and The New York Times Chicken Cookbook. She is also a co-editor of Kill Duck Before Serving, a collection of notable New York Times corrections. Amster, the former director of The Times' news research department, has contributed articles to many sections of the paper and also wrote the "Food Chain" column in the Dining In/Dining Out section. She lives in Manhattan. MARK BITTMAN writes a weekly New York Times cooking column, "The Minimalist," monthly New York Times travel features, and is the bestselling author and winner of the Julia Child and James Beard Awards for his book How to Cook Everything.