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From the award-winning champion of conscious eating and author of the bestselling Food Matters comes The Food Matters Cookbook, offering the most comprehensive and straightforward ideas yet for cooking easy, delicious foods that are as good for you as they are for the planet.

The Food Matters Cookbook
is the essential encyclopedia and guidebook to responsible eating, with more than 500 recipes that capture Bittman’s typically relaxed approach ...

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Overview

From the award-winning champion of conscious eating and author of the bestselling Food Matters comes The Food Matters Cookbook, offering the most comprehensive and straightforward ideas yet for cooking easy, delicious foods that are as good for you as they are for the planet.

The Food Matters Cookbook
is the essential encyclopedia and guidebook to responsible eating, with more than 500 recipes that capture Bittman’s typically relaxed approach to everything in the kitchen. There is no finger-wagging here, just a no-nonsense and highly flexible case for eating more plants while cutting back on animal products, processed food, and of course junk. But for Bittman, flipping the ratio of your diet to something more virtuous and better for your body doesn’t involve avoiding any foods—indeed, there is no sacrifice here.

Since his own health prompted him to change his diet, Bittman has perfected cooking tasty, creative, and forward-thinking dishes based on vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Meat and other animal products are often included—but no longer as the centerpiece. In fact the majority of these recipes include fish, poultry, meat, eggs, or dairy, using them for their flavor, texture, and satisfying nature without depending on them for bulk. Roasted Pork Shoulder with Potatoes, Apples, and Onions and Linguine with Cherry Tomatoes and Clams are perfect examples. Many sound downright decadent: Pasta with Asparagus, Bacon, and Egg; Stuffed Pizza with Broccoli, White Beans, and Sausage; or Roasted Butternut Chowder with Apples and Bacon, for example.

There are vegetarian recipes, too, and they have flair without being complicated—recipes like Beet Tartare, Lentil "Caviar" with All the Trimmings, Radish-Walnut Tea Sandwiches, and Succotash Salad. Bittman is a firm believer in snacking, but in the right way. Instead of packaged cookies or greasy chips, Bittman suggests Seasoned Popcorn with Grated Parmesan or Fruit and Cereal Bites. Nor does he skimp on desserts; rather, he focuses on

fruit, good-quality chocolate, nuts, and whole-grain flours, using minimal amounts of eggs, butter, and other fats. That allows for a whole chapter devoted to sweets, including Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies, Apricot Polenta Cake, Brownie Cake, and Coconut Tart with Chocolate Smear.

True to the fuss-free style that has made him famous, Bittman offers plenty of variations and substitutions that let you take advantage of foods that are in season—or those that just happen to be in the fridge. A quick-but-complete rundown on ingredients tells you how to find sustainable and flavorful meat and shop for dairy products, grains, and vegetables without wasting money on fancy organic labels. He indicates which recipes you can make ahead, those that are sure to become pantry staples, and which ones can be put together in a flash. And because Bittman is always comprehensive, he makes sure to include the building-block recipes for the basics of home cooking: from fast stocks, roasted garlic, pizza dough, and granola to pots of cooked rice and beans and whole-grain quick breads.

With a tone that is easygoing and non-doctrinaire, Bittman demonstrates the satisfaction and pleasure in mindful eating. The result is not just better health for you, but for the world we all share.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bittman, New York Times columnist and bestselling author (How to Cook Everything) provides a rational approach to eating that not only improves health but also helps the environment. Extolling the benefits of a plant-heavy diet, Bittman offers more than 500 healthful recipes that feature unprocessed fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains and reduce all types of meat to backup players. In addition, he shares five basic principles for sane eating that are easy to implement and understand as well as an unusually helpful pantry section and handy charts for substituting produce and seafood by season. Recipes focus on flavor, such as lemony zucchini risotto, which uses brown rice, and curried chickpeas and cauliflower with chicken. His chapter on beans offers a particularly varied selection, like a lentil stir-fry with mushrooms and caramelized onions, white beans and shrimp burgers, and beer-glazed black beans with chorizo and orange. Bittman also provides a resourceful index of dishes that can be made quickly as well as meals that can be made ahead of time. Practical and balanced, this collection will shape the way we cook at home for years to come. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"Bittman’s visionary imagination sparkles on every page."

— Mark Knoblauch, Booklist

“…further proof (as if it were needed) that Bittman belongs on every cook’s bookshelf.” – Daily Beast

“Bittman's works encompass the full scope of contemporary cookery.” –Louisville Courier-Journal

The Food Matters Cookbook is a fantastic cookbook for anyone who is interested in eating more healthy meals. It's perfect for the beginner but will be enjoyed by even the most accomplished chef because of the variety of creativity of the recipes.” –Blog Critics.org

“Practical and balanced, this collection will shape the way we cook for years to come.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Those of us who love reading about food and recipes should find Mark Bittman's new book, The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living, a cookbook worth reading."

Jewish Chronicle

"Those of us who love reading about food and recipes should find Mark Bittman's new book, The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living, a cookbook worth reading."

Jewish Chronicle

Booklist - Mark Knoblauch
"Bittman’s visionary imagination sparkles on every page."
The Daily Beast
“…further proof (as if it were needed) that Bittman belongs on every cook’s bookshelf.”
BlogCritics.org
The Food Matters Cookbook is a fantastic cookbook for anyone who is interested in eating more healthy meals. It's perfect for the beginner but will be enjoyed by even the most accomplished chef because of the variety of creativity of the recipes.”
Louisville Courier-Journal
“Bittman's works encompass the full scope of contemporary cookery.”
Jewish Chronicle
"Those of us who love reading about food and recipes should find Mark Bittman's new book, The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living, a cookbook worth reading."
Library Journal
Bittman's newest cookbook complements his Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating, in which he argues the need for Americans to change their diets for medical and ethical reasons. His two goals with this collection of recipes are to help people to eat healthier to lose weight and to eat more sustainably. Sustainable eating means eating seasonally, limiting damage to the environment, avoiding exploitation of people or animals, and cutting out junk food and processed foods and limiting animal products. The bulk of our diet should come from fresh produce, whole grains, and legumes. Meats, cheeses, and alcohol are not completely removed but reduced and are ingredients in some of the recipes. Most of the recipes are short and easy to follow. Almost everything can be found in local supermarkets, as Bittman aims to make eating well easy. He includes variations that will give readers inspiration to experiment.Verdict Highly recommended for everyone looking to improve their health or eat responsibly. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/10.]—Kimberly Bartosz, Univ. of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439120231
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 262,457
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman is the author of Food Matters, How to Cook Everything and other cookbooks, and of the weekly New York Times column, The Minimalist. His work has appeared in countless newspapers and magazines, and he is a regular on the Today show. Mr. Bittman has hosted two public television series and has appeared in a third.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

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    GOURMET RECIPES FOR HEALTHFUL MEALS

    In his opening remarks author Mark Bittman mentioned that he had been writing about food for 30 years noted that the American diet had "undergone some changes, few of them for the better." At about the same time Mr. 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. Bittman strenuously objected to this suggestion, reminding the doctor that he was a food writer.

    The doctor's reply? He reminded him that he was a smart guy and that his condition was serious. "Figure something out" was the doctor's injunction. As we now know Mr. Bittman more than figured something out. With his bestseller FOOD MATTERS he brought to light the impossible amount of meat we consume and the ensuing effects on both our health and environment. He devised a plan for addressing these issues.

    Now, with THE FOOD MATTERS COOKBOOK he provides us with 500 recipes that are not only a pleasure for our palates but also intelligent choices that are healthful and environmentally friendly. His focus is on grains, vegetables, and legumes, reminding us that in no time this way of eating will become natural to us as we "shift the proportions of what you eat and make your diet as plant-heavy as you can." Bittman tells us it is a case of seeing and presenting animal products as garnishes rather than the main dish. We're not giving up meat, we're simply rethinking the way we eat it.

    If there's anyone who doubts that these recipes are not gourmet quality, just taste Pasta with Cumin-Scented Squash and Lamb or Kohlrabi Stir-Fry with Pork, plus a multitude of others.

    Not at all dictatorial in suggesting we change our eating habits, Mr. Bittman says, "Sane eating is about moderation, not deprivation, so feel free to eat the foods you'd miss, just in smaller portions and less frequently."

    THE FOOD MATTERS COOKBOOK makes responsible, good sense - enjoy!

    - Gail Cooke

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Having cooked from this book for several years now, I can whole

    Having cooked from this book for several years now, I can wholeheartedly recommend it, and have in fact, given copies to several people as presents. The recipes are delicious and not difficult if you have basic cooking skills. I particularly like Bittman's earth-friendly, health-conscious approach and his instructions on how to substitute ingredients and improvise with what you have or what's in season. My family is vegetarian, but there's plenty there for us, and many of the meat-added recipes are good when adapted to using quorn or seitan. My only caveat is that the bread recipes could be a little more detailed--I use other cookbooks for baking.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

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    Are you looking for a common sense approach to eating and cookin

    Are you looking for a common sense approach to eating and cooking? You've found it when you read this book. Bittman gives us straight forward facts on what the food industry is doing to our health and our world. Yes, he still eats meat but not as much and stresses eating a diet higher in veggies, whole grains, legumes and fruit The numbers are rather alarming; 70% of Americans get their calories from food that is either processed or animal based; 30% of our calories come from natural or whole foods i.e. the good stuff. The cheap food comes at a cost; higher obesity costs taxpayers $840 billion annually. I learned so much from this book; the differences between fresh greens, substitutions for common foods, the various kinds of beans and most of all recipes that are easy, refreshing and new. I made my own Chicken stock, page 139, made the Pasta dish with asparagus and bacon on page 219 and made melt in your mouth Pear turnovers on page 365-all in one day. Bittman's approach is one everyone should incorporate for a satisfying and healthy approach to food! Bravo!

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    Posted February 11, 2012

    I <3 Bittman

    My general belief is that everything Mark Bittman touches turns to gold (ever since I discovered How To Cook Everything Vegetarian, shortly after graduating college and busting out on my own). I am a carnivore again, but I love this man's approach to food. It's the right balance of gourmet, health, and ethics rolled into one- which leads to a truly satisfying meal. I recently made the tofu chocolate pudding for a vegan coworker. It was delicious and she loved the effort. Kudos, Mr. Bittman!!!

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