Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 30, 2008 - Cooking - 288 pages
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From the award-winning champion of culinary simplicity who gave us the bestselling How to Cook Everything and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian comes Food Matters, a plan for responsible eating that's as good for the planet as it is for your weight and your health.

We are finally starting to acknowledge the threat carbon emissions pose to our ozone layer, but few people have focused on the extent to which our consumption of meat contributes to global warming. Think about it this way: In terms of energy consumption, serving a typical family-of-four steak dinner is the rough equivalent of driving around in an SUV for three hours while leaving all the lights on at home.

Bittman offers a no-nonsense rundown on how government policy, big business marketing, and global economics influence what we choose to put on the table each evening. He demystifies buzzwords like "organic," "sustainable," and "local" and offers straightforward, budget-conscious advice that will help you make small changes that will shrink your carbon footprint -- and your waistline.

Flexible, simple, and non-doctrinaire, the plan is based on hard science but gives you plenty of leeway to tailor your food choices to your lifestyle, schedule, and level of commitment. Bittman, a food writer who loves to eat and eats out frequently, lost thirty-five pounds and saw marked improvement in his blood levels by simply cutting meat and processed foods out of two of his three daily meals. But the simple truth, as he points out, is that as long as you eat more vegetables and whole grains, the result will be better health for you and for the world in which we live.

Unlike most things that are virtuous and healthful, Bittman's plan doesn't involve sacrifice. From Spinach and Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing to Breakfast Bread Pudding, the recipes in Food Matters are flavorful and sophisticated. A month's worth of meal plans shows you how Bittman chooses to eat and offers proof of how satisfying a mindful and responsible diet can be. Cheaper, healthier, and socially sound, Food Matters represents the future of American eating.
 

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User Review  - vsnunez - LibraryThing

Brilliantly simple and therefore superb. I am going to have my teenager read it as a means of getting ready for adulthood. Mr. Bittman elegantly lays out several coherent arguments towards saner ... Read full review

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

The advice strikes me as sensible (more plants, fewer animals, whole grains... you know the drill) and the book is well-written. One thing I especially liked was Bittman's easy-breezy approach to ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
FOOD MATTERs
3
Rethinking Consumption
9
A Brief History of Overconsumption
21
Selling the Bounty
31
Does the Government Help or Hurt?
39
SoCalled Healthy Ingredients
53
Sane Eating
67
The Basics
131
Breakfast
161
Lunch
179
Snacks and Appetizers
217
Dinner
237
Desserts
285
SOURCES
299
MEASUREMENT CONVERSIONS
311

How to Eat Like Food Matters
81
FOOD MATTERs RECIPEs
111
How to Cook Like Food Matters
113
A Sample Month
123
ACkNOwLEDGMENTS
313
GENERAL INDEX
315
RECIPE INDEX
319
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About the author (2008)

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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