Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Clarkson Potter (May 6, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
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This book adds a number of recipes to Bittman's 2013 book that argued we should basically be vegans during the day, eating high quality (i.e., not a lot of processing) plant based food, and then consider adding moderate amounts of meat, poultry, fish and dairy to our meals at dinner (dessert included). This approach derive's from Bittman's own experience (told here and in his earlier books) of being a rather unhealthy middle age man who was given the choice of eating better or going on a lifetime drug regime.The approach of eating more of a plant-based diet makes good sense, both for health reasons and also the environmental/animal welfare issues presented well in Bittman's "Food Matters" book. This book recaps the VB6 book and then presents a good set of recipes to help implement this way of eating (I prefer not to use the word "diet," given its connotation of short-run approaches to weight loss). Like all of Bittman's cookbooks, the recipes are very clearly written, with lists of (usually not hard to find) ingredients and then necessary steps to prepare a dish, along with estimates of preparation time. There are perhaps 100 basic recipes here (organized around breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert) with 2 or 3 variations presented for each one. Bittman is a wonderful writer, and each recipe is introduced with a short paragraph that usually makes it quite appealing.Bittman here and elsewhere (including pages of the New York Times) argues for (mostly) plant-based eating with minimally processed food. I suppose my only issue with this book is that it puts a particular structure on when you are vegan and when you are not. Someone might, for example, like to have eggs at breakfast and not wait until 6 to have some cheese.
Mark Bittman's cookbooks have yet to disappoint and this companion of his earlier edition of The VB6 Cookbook is no exception. If not familiar with the concept, the idea is to eat vegan during the day and dishes using a small quantity of meat, cheese or eggs for the evening meal. Whether to head off possible health problems or make diet adjustments for current issues, this book offers clear suggestions/solutions in a user friendly, and of course, delicious way. The concept is stated, but I take a more flexible approach as to which meal I consume meat - or whether I consume any on a day-by-day basis.The book contains over 350 recipes (115 basic recipes with variations) divided through chapters organized by meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner and Dessert. There is also an essential chapter called VB6 Building Blocks that contains 15 make ahead recipes for use during the week like Big Batch Brown Rice and Grains, All-Purpose Tomato Sauce, Everyday Salad Bowl, Your Own Salad Dressing, Big Batch Cooked Vegetables, etc. Utilizing some or all of these preparatory recipes is yet another tool smartly included to help the user work efficiently so cooking meals is less time consuming. Also within the book are information and ingredients recommended to have a pantry ready for action organized in three ways - Unlimited, Flexible and Treat.Specifics for the book construction - this is a hardback book made with quality paper that when a page is splashed, remains undamaged if the spill is wiped up promptly. The binding is tight and it will take some time for it to relax so for the time being the book is not willingly laying open on the counter top, so a cookbook holder is in use.
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