In Mark Bittman’s kitchen, I learned how to cook dinner. His New York Times food column, “The Minimalist,” is something I read over and over again. I bought “How to Cook Everything,” the purple brick of a cookbook, and then “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian,” its novice companion. He reminded me of my grumpy, no-nonsense uncle.
However, Bittman now needs to do more than just teach me or you how to cook dinner; he also needs to do something else entirely. He must persuade us that the entire food supply chain has collapsed.
A disturbing reworking of our relationship to the food we scavenge for, grow ourselves, and now cook up, “Animal, Vegetable, Junk,” is the subject of his latest book.
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Modern Food System
It’s all about the wonders of the modern food system, which feeds over seven billion people and provides more meals, with more selection, at lower prices than ever before. However, the malignancy of that food system, which is hurting us, destroying the world, and causing so much suffering on other species, breaks the mind more than anything.
Contemporary agriculture provides enough food for almost seven billion people, and it does it at lower costs than ever before, thanks to the wonders of the modern food system. That food system, however, is the real problem here, as it is making us sick, polluting the environment, and causing so much pain and suffering to other creatures that just thinking about it makes our heads spin.
As someone who is sceptical of our current food system, I was surprised by Bittman’s indictment’s breadth and scope. In addition, I’m not sure I’ve bought into what they’ve been saying. It is, nevertheless, refreshing. In addition, it raises important questions concerning the interrelationships between humans and other species as well as capitalism, technology, and morality. As a result, I invited him to speak about it on the show.
In an interview, Bittman said he was excited to work with Purple Carrot on their vegan recipes because he agrees with the company’s premise: that providing ready-to-eat vegetarian meals will benefit both our health and the environment.
Because of his frequent travels, he said he couldn’t provide the attention he desired to the project. ‘I helped the company relaunch in a way that was constructive and creative and entertaining for me,’ he stated. My travel schedule was so hectic that I couldn’t do everything I wanted to do,’ he says.
You should buy this book if you are a novice cook (the intended audience for this book). It’s witty, casual, and devoid of pretentiousness. Cooking can be transformed from a drudgery to an enjoyable pastime with a little bit of freedom and flexibility.
There are folks who don’t enjoy cooking but would benefit greatly from Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything.” It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.