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The VB6 Cookbook: More than 350 Recipes for Healthy Vegan Meals All Day and Delicious Flexitarian Dinners at Night Hardcover – May 6, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385344821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385344821
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MARK BITTMAN is one of the country's best-known and most widely respected food writers. His How to Cook Everything books, with one million copies in print, are a mainstay of the modern kitchen. Bittman writes for the Opinion section of New York Times on food policy and cooking, and is a columnist for the New York Times Magazine. His "The Minimalist" cooking show, based on his popular NYT column, can be seen on the Cooking Channel. His most recent book, VB6, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in its first week on sale.

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Mark Bittman is one of the country's best-known, most widely respected food writers. His How to Cook Everything books, with one million copies in print, are a mainstay of the modern kitchen. Bittman writes for the Opinion section of the New York Times on food policy and cooking and is a columnist for the New York Times magazine. He is regularly featured on the Today Show in How To Cook Everything Today cooking segments. For 13 years he wrote "The Minimalist" column and now a "Minimalist" cooking show is featured on the Cooking Channel. The How to Cook Everything series is highly respected: the first edition of the flagship book How to Cook Everything won both the IACP and James Beard Awards, and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian won the 2008 IACP award. He is also the author of Food Matters, Food Matters Cookbook, Fish, and Leafy Greens.

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Simple, easy to follow recipes.
journey2learn
Mark Bittman makes eating a plant-based diet accessible and delicious.
Judith Clements
You can't go wrong buying this cookbook.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Judith Clements on May 8, 2014
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Mark Bittman makes eating a plant-based diet accessible and delicious. The basic structure of his recipes is elegant--not a one too many ingredient, not one less. The recipes also allow for one's own food preferences and creativity with his lists of variations on the basic recipe as a guide. For example, Green Apple Stir Fry with Cashews notes the variations: Plum Stir fry with Pecans; Apricot Stir Fry with Almonds (yum!); Cantaloupe Stir Fry with Pistachios; Grapefruit Stir Fry with Coconut; and Pineapple Stir Fry with Hazelnuts. For anyone venturing on a plant-based diet, this book is essential and provides a 4 week Vegan Before 6 eating plan. For me, who already eats vegan, this cookbook is an exciting addition to my collection--and the 4 week plan gives me an abundance of recipes, ideas and inspiration. Mark Bittman is a major player in changing the way we eat for the health of ourselves and our planet.
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This book adds a number of recipes to Bittman's 2013 book that argued we should basically be vegans during the day, eating high quality (i.e., not a lot of processing) plant based food, and then consider adding moderate amounts of meat, poultry, fish and dairy to our meals at dinner (dessert included). This approach derive's from Bittman's own experience (told here and in his earlier books) of being a rather unhealthy middle age man who was given the choice of eating better or going on a lifetime drug regime.

The approach of eating more of a plant-based diet makes good sense, both for health reasons and also the environmental/animal welfare issues presented well in Bittman's "Food Matters" book. This book recaps the VB6 book and then presents a good set of recipes to help implement this way of eating (I prefer not to use the word "diet," given its connotation of short-run approaches to weight loss). Like all of Bittman's cookbooks, the recipes are very clearly written, with lists of (usually not hard to find) ingredients and then necessary steps to prepare a dish, along with estimates of preparation time. There are perhaps 100 basic recipes here (organized around breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert) with 2 or 3 variations presented for each one. Bittman is a wonderful writer, and each recipe is introduced with a short paragraph that usually makes it quite appealing.

Bittman here and elsewhere (including pages of the New York Times) argues for (mostly) plant-based eating with minimally processed food. I suppose my only issue with this book is that it puts a particular structure on when you are vegan and when you are not. Someone might, for example, like to have eggs at breakfast and not wait until 6 to have some cheese.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 19, 2014
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Mark Bittman's cookbooks have yet to disappoint and this companion of his earlier edition of The VB6 Cookbook is no exception. If not familiar with the concept, the idea is to eat vegan during the day and dishes using a small quantity of meat, cheese or eggs for the evening meal. Whether to head off possible health problems or make diet adjustments for current issues, this book offers clear suggestions/solutions in a user friendly, and of course, delicious way. The concept is stated, but I take a more flexible approach as to which meal I consume meat - or whether I consume any on a day-by-day basis.

The book contains over 350 recipes (115 basic recipes with variations) divided through chapters organized by meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner and Dessert. There is also an essential chapter called VB6 Building Blocks that contains 15 make ahead recipes for use during the week like Big Batch Brown Rice and Grains, All-Purpose Tomato Sauce, Everyday Salad Bowl, Your Own Salad Dressing, Big Batch Cooked Vegetables, etc. Utilizing some or all of these preparatory recipes is yet another tool smartly included to help the user work efficiently so cooking meals is less time consuming. Also within the book are information and ingredients recommended to have a pantry ready for action organized in three ways - Unlimited, Flexible and Treat.

Specifics for the book construction - this is a hardback book made with quality paper that when a page is splashed, remains undamaged if the spill is wiped up promptly. The binding is tight and it will take some time for it to relax so for the time being the book is not willingly laying open on the counter top, so a cookbook holder is in use.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Matthew C. Haas on May 21, 2014
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In theory I think this is a great idea, and will probably have to make ahead a lot of stuff. The recipes sound delish. I am a big fan of Mark Bittman. Here's the caveat. I've read the introduction, sounds great. I've just read the breakfast recipes and the shortest amount of cooking/ prep time is 20 min with some being closer to an hour! Who has time for that in the morning? I work full time and hate doing dishes. Also, being that I'm cooking for one,I could not imagine how much it would cost to use the menu ideas as each meal contains different fruits and veggies every day for a week. I foresee a lot of rotten veggies or quite a bit of repetition. The book also seems heavy on the reliance of soy products. I thought soy was the new no no ?
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