New York Times Food Columinist & Author of Food Matters
—Jamie Oliver, Celebrity Chef and Activist
Mark Bittman's mission: to get people to cook simply, comfortably, and well. He hopes to help people make positive changes that benefit everything from personal well-being to the health of the planet. Bittman is the author of The Minimalist, the beloved New York Times cooking column. His books include How to Cook Everything, the bible of basic cooking for millions of Americans; How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, about our inevitable shift to lessmeatarianism; and Food Matters, a book about sane eating that reached #7 on the New York Times bestseller list.
On the small screen, Bittman appears on The Today Show twice a month, alternating appearances with Martha Stewart. He has also hosted a variety of shows on PBS, including the award-winning Bittman Takes on America's Chefs and Spain: On the Road Again, co-starring Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow. Bittman has combined his twin passions— food and journalism—since 1980, when he became a professional food writer.
Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating
In this talk, Mark Bittman draws the vital links between our diet, our health, and climate change. Meat, simple carbohydrates and junk food are being overproduced and overconsumed. And our bodies, as well as the planet, are paying the price. Bittman, however, is optimistic. With simple adjustments, he helps you eat more sanely, more consciously, by becoming less reliant on animal products and nutritionally worthless food. His approach helped him lose 35 pounds, solve health problems, and reduce his personal impact on the environment. The steps he proposes are not effortless (eat less meat, and none before 6pm), but they amount to the most meaningful lifestyle change you'll ever try, and they'll make you rethink your relationship to food. A highly engaging speaker, Bittman shows us how our food is produced, how it's marketed, and how it'sconsumed—providing a timely, comprehensive answer to why food matters.
From the award-winning champion of culinary simplicity who gave us the bestselling How to Cook Everything and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian comes Food Matters, a plan for responsible eating that's as good for the planet as it is for your weight and your health. We are finally starting to acknowledge the threat carbon emissions pose to our ozone layer, but few people have focused on the extent to which our consumption of meat contributes to global warming. Think about it this way: In terms of energy consumption, serving a typical family-of-four steak dinner is the rough equivalent of driving around in an SUV for three hours while leaving all the lights on at home. Bittman offers a no-nonsense rundown on how government policy, big business marketing, and global economics influence what we choose to put on the table each evening. He demystifies buzzwords like "organic," "sustainable," and "local" and offers straightforward, budget-conscious advice that will help you make small changes that will shrink your carbon footprint -- and your waistline. Flexible, simple, and non-doctrinaire, the plan is based on hard science but gives you plenty of leeway to tailor your food choices to your lifestyle, schedule, and level of commitment. Bittman, a food writer who loves to eat and eats out frequently, lost thirty-five pounds and saw marked improvement in his blood levels by simply cutting meat and processed foods out of two of his three daily meals. But the simple truth, as he points out, is that as long as you eat more vegetables and whole grains, the result will be better health for you and for the world in which we live. Unlike most things that are virtuous and healthful, Bittman's plan doesn't involve sacrifice. From Spinach and Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing to Breakfast Bread Pudding, the recipes in Food Matters are flavorful and sophisticated. A month's worth of meal plans shows you how Bittman chooses to eat and offers proof of how satisfying a mindful and responsible diet can be. Cheaper, healthier, and socially sound, Food Matters represents the future of American eating.
How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food
Great Food Made Simple. Here's the breakthrough one-stop cooking reference for today's generation of cooks! Nationally known cooking authority Mark Bittman shows you how to prepare great food for all occasions using simple techniques, fresh ingredients, and basic kitchen equipment. Just as important, How to Cook Everything takes a relaxed, straightforward approach to cooking, so you can enjoy yourself in the kitchen and still achieve outstanding results.