Hey there. Today’s recipe, believe it or not…popcorn. I’ve joined a group of bloggers who are dedicating one post each week to a recipe from The Food Matters Cookbook by Mark Bittman. In case you haven’t got a clue about who he is, he is a food columnist for the New York Times, and he’s the author of How to Cook Everything, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, and Food Matters. Maybe you know him from the PBS series On the Road Again, a food and travel show where the four hosts; Gwyneth Paltrow, Mario Batali, Claudia Bassols, and Mark Bittman travel their way around Spain, eating incredible food wherever they go, while you sit watching from your sofa are wishing you were in their place. Yeah, that’s the guy—Mark Bittman.
Mark wrote Food Matters after he confronted his own health issues and made the change to eating healthy—he got healthy eating habits. Before the change, he was thirty-five pounds overweight, his blood sugars and cholesterol levels were up, he had sleep apnea, and he’d just had knee surgery. At the same time, he was learning about the connection between industrial livestock and global warming, and that the more industrial animals are raised, the more greenhouse gases are produced. He also recognized the ongoing health crisis in this country due to the standard American diet (SAD) in the form of record numbers of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and deaths due to heart disease. He thought that if people followed his example of eating more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and less meat, then there would be more people living well, and there would less global warming from greenhouse gases because fewer industrial livestock would be raised and consumed –that simple. Mark’s book Food Matters is a rational about why Americans should change their eating habits. His follow-up book, The Food Matters Cookbook offers some 500 recipes for healthy living.
Bittman isn’t not alone in thinking that people should make the change to eating healthy food. You may remember that I’ve made similar changes to my diet with very good results. Sarah from 20 something cupcakes and Kate from Cookie + Kate also feel they need to make some changes in their diet as well, so they decided to start by hosting this blogging group called The Food Matters Project. Each week Sarah, Kate, I, and others will be blogging one of Mark’s recipes. The host will change from week to week. The hosting blogger picks a recipe from the cookbook and the rest of the bloggers make it and link back to the host’s blog, where you will find the posted recipe. This week Kate of Cookie and Kate is the host and she chose Mark’s recipe for popcorn. She popped it up, and I did too. I made classic popcorn cooked in coconut oil and it tasted great!
I am sharing this post with the Food Matters Project: hosted this week by Kate.