I recently sang Mark Bittman’s praises for his book, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. Now I’ve learned that he’s about to release a new work about his daytime voyage into veganism.
Several years ago, Mark Bittman began talking about his unusual food habits, which involve eating a vegan diet before 6pm and eating sensibly afterward. He made the change for two reasons: health and ethics:
As a cook and food writer, I’ve spent the better part of my adult life thinking about food. But it was only when my doctor told me I had to lose weight and lower my cholesterol and blood sugar levels — or face dire health consequences — that I began to seriously confront my own diet. And it was around this same time that a friend sent me a U.N. study showing that 18 percent of greenhouse gases come from industrialized livestock production.
The whole concept of eating vegan before 6pm, then chowing down on animal flesh for dinner may seem like a slippery ethical slope. It may also appear — as someone else in my house calls it — “gimmicky”. But apparently, it’s worked: Bittman has lost 30 pounds eating this way, and his cholesterol and blood sugar levels are once again within normal ranges.
That said, I was more enthusiastic about Bittman’s other books than I am about this one, which is called VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…for Good. The cheesy cheese-substitute-y unfortunate subtitle makes it sound like a self-published “how to” tome. (Hopefully, that was the editor’s idea, not Bittman’s.) But to see someone as high-profile as Bittman talk about reducing his meat intake? That’s pretty major.