The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living (Hardcover)

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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 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.

About the Author


Mark Bittman is one of America's best-known and most widely respected food writers. He covers food policy, cooking, and eating as an Opinion columnist for The New York Times and the paper's Sunday Magazine. He produced "The Minimalist" column for 13 years and has starred in several popular Public Television cooking series. Now a frequent public speaker, he appears regularly on the Today Show and is a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows. Bittman has authored more than a dozen cookbooks, including How to Cook Everything(R) The Basics, How to Cook Everything(R), How to Cook Everything(R) Vegetarian (all available as apps), Food Matters and The Food Matters Cookbook, and the new VB6(TM) Eat Vegan Before 6:00. For more information go to markbittman.com.

Praise For…


"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781439120231
ISBN-10: 1439120234
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: September 21st, 2010
Pages: 645
Language: English