Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Food Matters Cookbook–Mark Bittman



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.  

5/5 stars!


Melynda said...

I do not have any of his books yet, I will have to start keeping an eye out for them in my usual haunts. Thanks for the review.

Joanne said...

I love how so many of your choices involve pumpkin and sweet potatoes. You are my kind of gal. Awesome review! I definitely need this cookbook.

Penny said...

I bought Food Matters last year and made the pizza from the Easy Whole Grain Flatbread and it was awesome. I always follow Bittman's column in the NY Times. Will look for this book. Thanks for the review.

lostpastremembered said...

I do like Mark Bittman... there is something just so regular about him that you know a recipe will work and be delicious. Looks like I need that cookbook!

Lea Ann said...

I'm loving you "try soon" selections. I only have one of his books. This one is going on my Amazon wish list. Thanks for the review.

Amy said...

I don't have any of his books (don't hate)...but you make a great pitch person. I'm certainly liking your list of starters there. And now I'm hungry.

Antoinette said...

A friend forwarded me a vegetarian chili recipe by Mark Bittman last year, and it was great! I will check this one out.

lee said...

This sounds like the perfect cookbook for me. Thanks for the heads up.

shabby girl said...

OOH, I hope you post pictures when you make those recipes! Sounds like a very organized book. I like being able to look up the recipe by "fast" recipes.
Hubby has lost 40 lbs by eating healthy. No diet, but just eating better, cutting waaayy down on the olive oil (he's Italian), and snacking on things like jicama & brussel sprouts. Lunch is always an issue for me. I'll have to check out the sandwiches & wraps!

Chris said...

Less meat?

Ummmmm, no thank you. ha ha

food for thought said...

yum, you gots some good eats coming!

Cherry On A Cake said...

What a wonderful review!. the book sounds so worth purchasing. I hope we get to see some of the dishes when you try them out :)

Les said...

I could use healthy, especially after making Ree Drummond's (Pioneer Woman's) onion rings tonight. Oh. My. God. Were they ever awesome. But now I feel like I need to get on the treadmill and walk 20 miles. Or get a job on a cattle ranch.

Joy said...

I think I need to look for this book too...and MAYBE get rid of a few older cookbooks from my cookbook shelf. I'm still trying to shift to healthy meals for the hubby and all of us.