Early on, he notes Page ix : "If you swap the basic proportions in your diet--increasing unprocessed fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains--you'll wind up losing your weight and improving your overall health. The recipes come in several categories here: appetizers and snacks, soups, salads and dressings, pasta and noodles and dumplings , rice and grains, beans, vegetables, bread and pizza and sandwiches and wraps , and desserts and sweet snacks. There is a provision for meat or seafood or poultry in a number of the recipes.
All in all, an interesting cookbook if you wish to improve the quality of your diet. Recipes are doable. Some seem to me to be fairly bland. But it is a tradeoff--health versus our acquired taste for highly processed food and too much meat.
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Jan 13, Gail Cooke rated it really liked it. Bittman had also experienced some changes - he was over weight, his blood sugar and cholesterol were up, he had sleep apnea, and recently underwent knee surgery. His doctor suggested he become a vegan. Of course, Mr.
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Bittman strenuously objected to this suggestion, reminding the doctor that he was a food writer. He reminded him that he was a smart guy and that his condition was serious. As we now know Mr. Bittman more than figured something out. He devised a plan for addressing these issues. Not at all dictatorial in suggesting we change our eating habits, Mr. Aug 24, Stephanie Bostic rated it really liked it. In me, that translates to serious devotion.
So simply seeing his name on the cover could have, possibly, biased me. Just a little. In spite of any potential bias, his most recent addition to bookshelves everywhere is a pleasure. While providing the reader with carefully written, elegent but simple recipes, Mark if I may take the liberty provides a range of flavors from around the world. From Italy to North Africa and Thailand to Argentina, classics are adopted and remade into healthful and guilt-free dishes.
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Seriously, there are a plethora of recipes that assuage any type of food-guilt you may have: environmental, social, animal welfare, health, financial, and many are even wickedly allergy friendly. Adaptations and variations are encouraged, making it easy to use locally produced or more affordable ingredients.
Some of the receipes have meat and fish in them, but many do not and most could be adapted to vegetarian with little thought or effort. But others may find it pleasing. One goals for my vacation week is to make handful of receipes from the book. Polenta Cakes with Garlicky Mushrooms were very delicious even though my polenta making technique leaves something to be desired.
The mushrooms, however, were brillant in their simplicity and more than compensated for any polenta imperfections. The Mini-Potato Parmesan Rostis were very decent fresh from the oven, but considerably better cold for supper the next night.
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The Cauliflower, North African style was quite reminscent of my ventures into Moroccan cooking but overly heavy on the coriander and too light on the chil powder. Just a touch would have brought out the lemon and parsley. I do sometimes have trouble following a recipe, though, and found that the Pasta with Cumin-scented Butternut Squash and Lamb was another one I felt the need to modify dramatically.
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Partly, because I only wanted to get one pan dirty but also because my aunt left me no onions. My version, with chick-peas instead of pasta, no onion, added cabbage, and no tomato paste was pretty good. The point of this anecdote is that the recipes presented are also excellent fodder for your own creations.
Given that most of them are relatively simple, you can easily take elements and replace them or utilize substitutions. The Cooking Matters Cookbook ranks fairly high on my list. Aug 31, Academama rated it really liked it Shelves: food. This is a useful and interesting cookbook, and it's given me lots of ideas for reducing our consumption of animal products. My biggest peeve about it is that it has no pictures; I really like a cookbook to have pictures, partly because it's hard for me to imagine what a finished dish is like without a photo.
It also doesn't have nutrition information, which is unsurprising: Bittman advocates changing the way you think about food, and he's not a portion-counter, plus these recipes are mostly a bi This is a useful and interesting cookbook, and it's given me lots of ideas for reducing our consumption of animal products.
It also doesn't have nutrition information, which is unsurprising: Bittman advocates changing the way you think about food, and he's not a portion-counter, plus these recipes are mostly a bit loose, with lots of flexibility for changing ingredients or proportions. So it's not that I think the book NEEDS nutrition information, or that the audience of it is really looking for that info, but I personally would love to have it.
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The recipes are generally easy to cook and useful, though, and I expect to make many meals from this book. I have already used the recipes in the back of "Food Matters" a lot, and I think this will expand my repertoire. I also appreciate the basic directions on cooking beans and whole grains, both of which can be a bit mysterious for most home cooks including me. Feb 28, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: cookbooks-and-food.
I love his Washington Post column, so I figured this cookbook would be worth a look. I think it is a great plan, though one that a lot of Americans may have a hard time adjusting to, simply because of the ease and simplicity that processed foods allow them. I loved that his recipes were easy and could be easily changed to add more ingredients. I I love his Washington Post column, so I figured this cookbook would be worth a look. Aug 16, Judy rated it it was amazing Shelves: food-cookbooks.
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I love Mark Bittman. He is smart, he writes well, and he has a passion for delicious, but simple-to-make food. His recipes are easy to follow, and he almost always suggests variations on the recipe. This book is a companion to his book "Food Matters," which has a message similar to that of Michael Pollan. Bittman believes that you can eat healthy, earth friendly meals by cutting back on meat and adding more whole grains and vegetables.
Even some people I know they will remain nameless who have I love Mark Bittman. Even some people I know they will remain nameless who have a knee-jerk reaction to vegetarian and whole grain recipes - even those people like the results of his recipes. I have been relying on this for a while now - just forgot to add it to my list. Apr 04, Cat rated it liked it. These feature healthful options with reduced sugar and fats but are pretty heavy on refined carbs. Not very inspiring—in fact, many of these dishes look like upscale rabbit food. Not impressed. Nov 09, Pam rated it it was amazing Shelves: cookbooks.
When I saw that Mark Bittman had a new cookbook out, I hesitated.
I already have 5 of his books, did I really need another recipes from him? The answer to that is a resounding yes! This book is for anyone who is trying to eat healthier. And really, who isn't? I don't know anyone who goes around saying, "I'm going to eat more processed foods and slurp canned soda! The book opens up a section on why food matters. If you have already read his Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes, you can skip this part, in fact he tells you that you can skip it, but I read it again, to remind myself of how and why I want to eat better.
Then he goes into stocking your pantry and finishes the intro by explaining his icon rating of recipes: fast, make-ahead, and pantry staple. In typical Bittman fashion, he has the recipes in the back also listed by their icon. So, if you were looking to make a fast recipe, there they are all. I have been poring over this book, making lists of recipes that I want to try, finally giving up, because there are just too many! Every single recipe sounds great. I haven't made anything out of the book yet, I'll be making the Sweet Potato and Bacon Pasta next week , but I don't have to.
I've cooked enough, read enough cookbooks and cooked enough Bittman recipes to tell that these are winners. They are easy. They are healthy. View 1 comment. Feb 11, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: library-books , cookery. The idea of The Food Matters Cookbook is simple: eat fewer animal products and processed foods; eat more whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables. There are lots of reasons you might want to eat this way, and Bittman mentions a few in his introduction health, ethics, environment , but this really is a cookbook, not a polemic.
I checked this book out from the library but I think I want to buy it: I've made six recipes and each has been a success, and I keep finding more recipes I want The idea of The Food Matters Cookbook is simple: eat fewer animal products and processed foods; eat more whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables. I checked this book out from the library but I think I want to buy it: I've made six recipes and each has been a success, and I keep finding more recipes I want to make.
The recipes are generally straightforward ingredients-wise and process-wise , and there's a decent balance of quick and easy recipes and more time consuming ones. May 11, Marya Kowal rated it really liked it. Clear, interesting, and the recipes were very good.
The section on substitutions was very helpful, since I needed suggestions for "firm white fish" for the fish kabob recipe.