Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating — Mark Bittman

Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating — Mark Bittman

Love love love Mark Bittman, his recipes are always simple, straightforward and 99.9% of the time I’ve enjoyed them. His opinion pieces on food for the New York Times are usually thought provoking. His pot roast recipe has, over time, become my pot roast recipe. That said, his screed on a sustainable diet was beaten to the punch last year by Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, which I think does a better job.

Bittman frames the discussion in terms of a “diet plan”, which Pollan never touches on. Perhaps his editors felt that because most of his other published books were cookbooks, this one needed to be one as well. As such it reads like a diet book rather than a thoughtful discussion of food politics and sustainable eating. It’s unfortunate, because some of the recipes look tasty. But you’re better of reading Pollan and buying Bittman’s How to Cook Everything if you want recipes.