| Feb. 27, 2009 7:47 PM
  • Length: 12:01 minutes (8 MB)

The simple recipes that pepper Mark Bittman's book, How To Cook Everything, can be found in the kitchens of newlyweds across the country. His no-nonsense food writing can also be found in The New York Times' "Minimalist" column, and on his blog, Bitten. In January 2009, Bittman released the book Food Matters, which promotes a healthier diet high in vegetables, but which doesn’t lecture readers. Brittney Andres spoke with Bittman about his favorite recepies, good ingredients for a recession, and why he's a vegan until 6 pm each day. She began by asking him why his book is important now, three years after the publication of a UN report on the dangers of meat consumption and Michael Pollan's book Omnivore's Dilemma.

UPDATE: On Novemeber 3, 2009, Mark Bittman is hoasting a fundraiser for Mother Jones in New York City. Details here.

Photo of Mark Bittman recipe used under a Creative Commons license by flickr user naotakem.

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