When I saw that Mark Bittman had a new cookbook out, I hesitated. I already have 5 of his books, did I really need another 500 recipes from him? The answer to that is a resounding yes!
This book is for anyone who is trying to eat healthier. And really, who isn’t? I don’t know anyone who goes around saying, “I’m going to eat more processed foods and slurp canned soda!” This book is exactly how I would like to eat more often…more grains and beans, less meat, more fruits and veggies.
The book opens up a section on why food matters. If you have already read his Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes , you can skip this part, in fact he tells you that you can skip it, but I read it again, to remind myself of how and why I want to eat better. Then he goes into stocking your pantry and finishes the intro by explaining his icon rating of recipes: fast, make-ahead, and pantry staple. In typical Bittman fashion, he has the recipes in the back also listed by their icon. So, if you were looking to make a fast recipe, there they are all.
The recipe chapters are: Appetizers and Snacks, Soups, Salads and Dressings, Pasta Noodles and Dumplings, Rice and Grains, Beans, Vegetables, Bread Pizza Sandwiches and Wraps, Desserts and Sweet Snacks.
I have been poring over this book, making lists of recipes that I want to try, finally giving up, because there are just too many!
Here are a few, I have marked to try soon:
- Raw Butternut Squash Salad with Cranberry Dressing
- Roasted Pork Shoulder with Potatoes, Apples and Onions
- Baked Pumpkin Orange Custard
- Chipotle Glazed Squash Skewers
- Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
- Mushroom and Pasta Frittata
- Pasta with Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon
As a confirmed carb lover, the pasta section alone is worth the price of the book. Every single recipe sounds great.
I haven’t made anything out of the book yet, (I’ll be making the Sweet Potato and Bacon Pasta next week), but I don’t have to. I’ve cooked enough, read enough cookbooks and cooked enough Bittman recipes to tell that these are winners. They are easy. They are healthy.