Monday, March 17, 2014


So... Mark Bittman might not know but I kind of love him. Older, I know but I subscribe to his "Minimalist" YouTube channel where he shows us how to create delicious meals, plus, he's a nice Jewish boy. In the Minimalist, Bittman offers simple, healthy recipes that pack serious amounts of flavor. My favorite recipe so far is for Artichokes Provencal but he also shows us how to make a mean salsa verde. I was first "introduced" to Bittman through the book Spain: A Culinary Road Trip in which famed chef, Mario Batali, Bittman and Gwyneth Paltrow traverse the Spanish "foodscape" in search of rare and interesting eats. Several years later, he authored several books of his own including How to Cook Everything and VB6. Why do I mention him, however? Well, he is a famed food writer and I try and write a food blog but, moreover, he has been featured on Williams Sonoma talking about his own hierarchy of foods kept in his pantry. Kind of like my own food pyramid, Bittman discusses the foods we should eat often, less often and least, most of which are interchangeable at the "most often" level. What I found interesting is that the foods Bittman claims we should eat the most tend to be the most water soluble, going with my attempt to make water that which I consume most of each day. Foods which Bittman claims we should eat the most of include fresh herbs, cauliflower, zucchini and citrus fruits as well as what he calls the "aromatics" such as onions, garlic, carrots and celery. Just like Bittman, I like to think of foods in hierarchical order, not to pass judgment claims on them but to know which foods form the basis of a nutrient rich and healthy lifestyle. Rock on +Mark Bittmann...

No comments:

Post a Comment