Though he’s the acclaimed author of the How to Cook Everything series and the forthcoming Dinner for Everyone, Mark Bittman’s approach to food extends beyond flavors and recipes. Throughout a career that has spanned many forms of media—he was a New York Times columnist and the star of four television shows—he has explored the environmental and health implications of the way we eat, recommending a diet that he calls “part-time veganism.” With new forays into the worlds of podcasts and online newsletters, Bittman has even more on his proverbial plate. Here, his picks for staying fit, full, and balanced:
“This soap is a ridiculous extravagance I discovered at a London hotel about 20 years ago, but it’s the way soap should be.”
“I eat peanut butter at least once a day. The requirements are that it has to be chunky and contain only two ingredients: peanuts and salt.”
“Generally I’m down on supplements, but almost no one in this country gets enough omega-3 fatty acids. Now that they’re made from algae, you don’t have to kill fish in order to get your dose.”
“Beans, simply put, are the world’s most valuable protein source. I say this as a non-vegan: I love beans. We should all be relying primarily on them, and seeing meat and fish as the alternatives, not the other way around. If you’re not convinced, try the Creamy White Bean Pasta and Cauliflower from my new book; you will be."
“This Dr. Seuss book created a game that I first played with my kids and now (a little more winded) do with my grandson. Pretty aerobic—I swear.”
“If I had to give up everything in my kitchen, this would be among the last things I parted with. I make awesome, no-knead, 100 percent whole-wheat bread, and part of the credit goes to the pot.”