Aleksandra Mir

The How Not to Cookbook

By Joshua David Stein, New York, December 2010

The How Not to Cookbook: Lessons Learned the Hard Way: Aleksandra Mir's hardcover started as an art project in Scotland but Rizzoli recently published this salutary compendium of learning through negation. Mir assayed thousands of people about what they've done wrong in the kitchen to produce a book with tidbits as useful and useless as "Do not use the toaster to heat up milk" and "Do not fry a sausage when you have a boner."