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Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes Paperback – December 29, 2009
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Cookbook author Bittman (How to Cook Everything) offers this no-nonsense volume loaded with compelling information about how the food we eat is doing damage to the environment, what changes to make and why. Authors have covered this topic before (Michael Pollan, for example, in The Omnivores Dilemma and In Defense of Food), but Bittman takes a practical turn by concluding with 77 recipes that make earth-friendly eating doable and appealing. His collection of reliable recipes even includes such meat dishes as Thai beef salad, which isnt meat-heavy, but rather has just the right balance of meat to greens. There are also such staples as super-simple mixed rice; chicken not pie; and modern bouillabaisse. Bittman decries consumption of over-refined carbohydrates, but doesnt leave off without some sweets, including chocolate semolina pudding and nutty oatmeal cookies—suggesting, as the whole book does, that a diet in synch with the needs of the earth doesnt result in a sense of utter deprivation. (Jan.)
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Only America could produce a Mark Bittman. One moment, he’s traversing Spain on public television with celebrities in tow, peddling the newest fad in high-end dining and drooling over prodigious quantities of savory food in tight closeup. The next moment he’s promoting minimalist cooking. Now he reports his own passionate belief in agricultural sustainability and slow food, and he touts a new diet that not only offers guilt-free pleasure but also makes Americans look as good as the beautiful people he hangs out with. His prescription: become aware of where food comes from; choose foods intelligently; pay attention to broad, inclusive nutritional principles; balance intake and exercise; snack judiciously; and make sure that whatever one eats, it’s as attractive to the palate as it is to the waistline. Bittman’s fame will generate lots of attention, and his commonsense advice, while not new, bears the hallmarks of contemporary nutritional wisdom. Recipes included. --Mark Knoblauch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In our house, we've been really trying to eat healthier and cut out the amount of meat that we eat. Food matters makes it easy to be creative and has tons of ideas. The organization is really intuitive and the index is comprehensive.I never read the companion book, but the first few chapters of the cookbook seem like a succinct summary of a new way to eat.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone and have already copied many recipes for friends!
the flexitarian philosophy is an easy-to-implement lifestyle that helps health, the earth, and your pocketbook! what's not to love?! i had started reducing my meat intake for a few months before i got this book - would skip the meat for a meal or two a week, but now i'm the opposite. i now eat vegetarian for breakfast and lunch and for at least half my dinners. when i do eat meat at home, i have considerably reduced the amount of meat in my dishes - for example, i might put 4 ounces of ground turkey in a batch of marinara sauce where the recipe calls for a pound. this has worked really well for me and i've even brought my midwestern down-home meat-eating boyfriend around on the lifestyle -- he now eats veggie rice and beans for lunch. it's cheaper and delicious! i hope you enjoy learning about this lifestyle as much as i have. it also turned me on to a bunch of food documentaries that basically support this same conclusion. very interesting.
i only gave this 4 starts because i didn't personally get a whole lot from the recipes part of the book, which is like half of it, but i could see that being really helpful for people. i just am not big on following recipes. gave me some ideas for ingredients though!