Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Food Matters by Mark Bittman


Mark Bittman has become one of my favorite food writers. His very simple approach to food results in fresh flavors and easy preparation with a fair amount of sophistication. In Food Matters, Bittman gives a lot of the philosophical background that drives his approach to food.

The subtitle of the book is A Guide to Conscious Eating, and it is just that. Bittman offers a great piece of advice: Pay attention to what you're eating. Americans eat lots of empty calories almost by habit. If we are fully involved in eating, enjoying the flavors and textures, we are much more likely to eat healthy, nutritious foods. If we become aware of what our current eating habits are doing to the planet, we are much more likely to seek out sustainable foods which cause less damage to the earth.

Bittman gives this advice without preaching. He lays out the facts and gives us a better alternative to a constant diet of fast food. As he says in his introduction,


If I told you that a simple lifestyle choice could help you lose weight, reduce your risk of many long-term or chronic diseases, save you real money, and help stop global warming, I imagine you'd be intrigued.


I was intrigued, and I think you will be too. After presenting the importance of making this change, Bittman gives over 75 simple recipes as examples of healthy, delicious and sustainable eating.

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