Cooking Solves Everything: How Time in the Kitchen Can Save Your Health, Your Budget, and Even the Planet [NOOK Book]

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Mark Bittman is one of the nation’s most trusted and beloved food writers, but there was a time when he lived primarily on vanilla ice cream and McDonald’s. Then he discovered cooking, and everything changed. In this story from the new digital publisher Byliner, the “New York Times” columnist and bestselling author of “How to Cook Everything” traces his journey from grilled-cheese-making neophyte to confident cook. More than that, he makes the case for why all of us should spend more time in the kitchen, ...

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Cooking Solves Everything: How Time in the Kitchen Can Save Your Health, Your Budget, and Even the Planet

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Overview

Mark Bittman is one of the nation’s most trusted and beloved food writers, but there was a time when he lived primarily on vanilla ice cream and McDonald’s. Then he discovered cooking, and everything changed. In this story from the new digital publisher Byliner, the “New York Times” columnist and bestselling author of “How to Cook Everything” traces his journey from grilled-cheese-making neophyte to confident cook. More than that, he makes the case for why all of us should spend more time in the kitchen, regardless of how comfortable we are there. After all, even he was a beginner once.


Bittman argues that a simple meal prepared at home is a powerful tool: It’s one small step toward improving your health and, by extension, the health of the planet. Our reliance on prepared food—in the form of snacks, soft drinks, frozen meals, and fast food—supports a system of agriculture that is playing havoc with our bodies, our economy, and the environment. How can we break the cycle? By cooking.


“People who prepare meals—even infrequently—achieve outcomes that extend far beyond the morsel at the end of the fork,” writes Bittman. “Cooking may not solve everything, but it solves a lot. When people make food a priority in their lives, they actively contribute to society. Cooking can change our collective lives for the better.”


“Cooking Solves Everything” is an engaging manifesto that inspires non-cooks to reach for a pan (Bittman’s shopping list and foolproof recipes will get them started) and encourages all of us to take a closer look at how we feed ourselves and our loved ones.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Mark Bittman is a columnist for the “New York Times” and the author of “How to Cook Everything,” “Food Matters,” and several other books.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614520047
  • Publisher: Byliner Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    not worth paying for

    Good essay and interesting but that is all it is. Not worth paying for. It's more like an extended magazine article. If I had known it was so short, I would not have bought it. The description should include the number of pages.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Very persuasive, easy to understand

    I suppose the best compliment I can give this new e-book is that right after reading it, I found myself at the grocery store about to buy a can of soup. Heeding Mark Bittman's advice, however, I put it down, went and found a few vegetables, potatoes and broth, and got them instead and made (like, actually made) dinner (what a concept!). Anyway, it's a very compelling essay, and the author doesn't come off as some sort of snobby foodie who looks down at you for not shopping at Farmer's Markets exclusively - that I appreciated. Anyway, I highly recommend this to people who claim they're too tired, or busy, or poor, or whatever, to actually get in the kitchen and cook dinner.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    Good information, very short

    Be warned that this is more of a booklet than a book - I felt a little gipped on the amount of content. However, there was good information in there, albeit a bit biased and not always as supported as I would have liked. I enjoyed it for what it was, but would be unlikely to recommend it to anyone.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

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    Thirtynine pages long

    Well written but disappointingly short. His eight recipes are nothing I would be able to persuade my family to eat.

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