Food Matters

Food Matters

A Guide to Conscious Eating With More Than 75 Recipes

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
The "Minimalist" columnist and author of How to Cook Everything outlines an eating plan that is comprised of environmentally responsible choices, in a guide that shares insight into the risks associated with livestock production. 125,000 first printing.

& Taylor

The "Minimalist" columnist outlines an eating plan that is comprised of environmentally responsible choices, in a guide that shares insight into the risks associated with livestock production.

Simon and Schuster
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.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008
ISBN: 9781416575641
Characteristics: vii, 326 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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luke_walker Nov 22, 2013

This book really made me re-think how I approach food, and got me started with a bunch of good, versatile, modifiable recipe. The recipe for fruit crisp is amazing.

bluedog8422 Sep 17, 2012

Page 131 begins the recipes until page 298

Does the government really have your best interest @ hand when it comes to food?

The new pyramid has more milk intake with ice cream counting & less vegetable intake....Does that really make ssense?

Aug 22, 2012

Synthesizes a lot of recent information about food, diet, and the Western lifestyle into on concise tome. And with great recipes too!

Feb 02, 2012

This is an excellent book with wonderful recipes and also inspiration to eat well.


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