Mark Bittman’s cookbook, How to Cook Everything, has been to me and my family what the Fanny Farmer Cookbook was to my parents. Come Thanksgiving, I am digging through that weighty tome for everything from how to make cranberry sauce to how to roast a turkey. In fact, I used it weekly for years and years. It’s been a lifesaver more than a few times. Heck, it’s because of Mark Bittman that I haven’t bought pancake mix in over a decade.
A few years ago, Bittman came out with Food Matters and the Food Matters Cookbook. Both of these came along right when my wife and I were re-examining the way we eat as a family. The dominance of meat began to be a concern for us, mainly for health reasons, but also because the affect our meat-heavy diet has on the environment. These were good starts and pointed us in the right direction.
With the VB6 Cookbook, Mark Bittman has helped us move forward once again. While I haven’t read VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good, I have heard the author on TV once talk about his “vegan before 6 o’clock” philosophy of eating. It’s an idea that makes a lot of sense to my wife and me. We don’t feel the need to completely give up meat, and while we find vegan options appealing, we love our dairy. In this book, Mark Bittman gives us both of these: more trustworthy vegan dishes than you will find on Pinterest, and great ideas for incorporating meat, dairy, and other non-vegan (but healthy) ingredients into occasional meals.
The cookbook has 350 recipes, many with full-color photos (a big plus in my book), and still has room for practical advice on regularly preparing healthy meals for your family. The chapters on stocking the pantry are worth the price of admission by themselves. My wife and I spent over an hour tagging recipes to try and drooling over the pics.
All said, I love this book: from the healthy approach to eating to the practical advice on cooking.
(I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.)