Mark Bittman

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    "Beyond Meat," the Mizzou-Created Faux Chicken That Fooled the New York Times

    "Chicken-Free Strips," by Beyond Meat, were created in a lab at the University of Missouri. When we heard that both Mark Bittman and Alton Brown think this faux meat can substitute for the original without anyone being the wiser, we decided to taste test it ourselves and see what all the fuss was ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 05.06-05.12

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. The Sweets Life: Natalie made white chocolate banana muffins. Cupcake Project: Stef shared strawberry rhubarb cupcakes. Family Style Food: Karen made fava bean ravioli. Iron Stef: Stef made breakfast balls: peanut butter banana oatmeal and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    The Great Gut Check Matzo Tasting of 2011

    Matzo is the taste of freedom, and don't you forget it!​The Jewish holiday of Passover and its oppressive dietary regime of eight days of matzo has descended up on us with the surety of the Angel of Death. Yeah, yeah, it's hard to compare a week of eating cardboard with the slaughter of all th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Changes Afoot at Bon Appetit and the New York Times

    Changes are afoot in the food publishing world. Yahoo reports that longtime New York Times columnist Mark Bittman is ending his column, "The Minimalist", after thirteen years. His last installment of the recipe column that spawned his "How to Cook Everything" books will run this Wednesday. On Fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Smithfield Pork Exposed by Humane Society, Boycotted by Bittman

    Paula Deen may love Smithfield Foods pork products, but Mark Bittman's not a fan. Neither is the Humane Society of America, who released a report on inhumane conditions at Smithfield's large pig farms. Bittman took to his website yesterday to call for a boycott, and issued a plea to stop supporting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Mark Bittman Reflects on Visit to St. Louis

    ​Mark Bittman was in St. Louis last Thursday, October 8, to promote his new book, The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Recipes for Conscious Eating. He reflects on his visit here (and other cities) on a post on his personal blog. He seems to have had a blast during his brief time, with shoutouts to Char ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Reminder: Mark Bittman at St. Louis County Library HQ Tonight

    ​Food writer Mark Bittman will appear at St. Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard) tonight at 7 p.m. Bittman writes "The Minimalist" column for the New York Times and has published such acclaimed cookbooks as How to Cook Everything, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Farm Aid Marks 25 Years of Supporting Farmers

    For the 25th year, Farm Aid combined music, agriculture and food, this time in Milwaukee. USA Today covered the festival, emphasizing its support of family farms. Performer Jason Mraz said, "This is the one concert (and) cause that affects everybody. This is about our food. Farm Aid reminds us that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 9.27-10.3

    ​Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Cupcake Project: Stef made Wine and Cheese Cupcakes. Andrew Mark Veety: Andrew visited The Royale for the burger of the month. St. Louis Eats and Drinks: The Pollacks visited I Fratellini.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Cook's Illustrated's New iPhone App: A Gut Check Test Drive

    A free Cook's Illustrated app? Free? America's Test KitchenChristopher Kimball: bow-tied culinary mogul​Cook's Illustrated, the flagship magazine of Christopher Kimball's food-media hydra, isn't known for giving it away. Kimball refuses to sell advertising in any of his magazines and cooki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Mark Bittman Appearing in St. Louis Thursday, October 7

    ​Food writer Mark Bittman will appear at St. Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard) on Thursday, October 7, at 7 p.m. Bittman is the author of "The Minimalist" column for the New York Times and such acclaimed cookbooks as How to Cook Everything, How to Cook Everything V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    No More Cheap, Abundant Food?

    In Mark Bittman's New York Times blog, he declares that "the era of cheap, abundant food is over" in his review of The Coming Famine. But is it? The Atlantic Wire explores whether he's right or not, looking at overcrowding, the economy, food safety, and a taste for expensive protein. Like goat che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    The Novice Foodie Sheds Tears of Joy for the Humble Shallot

    In his bestselling memoir, Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain lists as the first necessary food item in the chapter titled "How to Cook Like A Pro" -- before butter, my friends -- the humble shallot. He writes, "You almost never see this item in a home kitchen, but out in the world they're an e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Farmer's Market Share: Baked Eggs with Tomato and Prosciutto

    I first developed egg-brand loyalty while in college in Massachusetts. I religiously purchased eggs from a farm called the Country Hen -- in no small part because the cartons featured little chicken bios, which gave me a nice warm fuzzy feeling inside, like I was checking in with friends down the st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    The Novice Foodie's Homemade Cheese Snacks

    Still bloated from holiday feasts in Iowa with my family, my husband and I returned to St Louis for even more dinner events. What to bring to these meals? I knew I didn't want to tackle yet another hearty dish. In fact, my mind could barely get past appetizers. So why fight it?Kelli Best-Oliver​I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Farmer's Market Share Gives the Gift of Nuts in Your Mouth

    Alissa Nelson​These days it's smart to be budget-minded and realistic when giving gifts. If you're like this blogger, that means forgetting that Hanukkah is coming and then blaming late gifts on finals or wanting to make something yourself to save money. In previous years, I've knitted various cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    What to Get Your Novice Foodie This Holiday Season

    User "Wikidemo," Wikimedia CommonsMerry Christmas! (Watch your knuckles.)​What to get the novice foodie(s) in your life this holiday season? Here are some gifts that I heartily recommend. These are invaluable tools, well worth the space they take up in my own kitchen because I use them so frequen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share Makes Skillet Potatoes, Dreams of Peru

    Alissa Nelson​With the end of my first semester of grad school nearing, I've started contemplating the joy of winter break -- an entire month of slothfulness, which I haven't experienced in seven years.The best part of this break is that I'm spending the second half in Peru, scrambling around the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share: Thanksgiving Wheat Berry Salad Recipe

    Jérôme Sautret, Wikimedia CommonsSweet potatoes: Try not to eat them all before you're done.​As a compulsive cooking overachiever, I have a tendency to see pot lucks as a challenge: How can I make something totally novel and awesome...yet avoid shopping? It's like Iron Chef: College Ingenuity.S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share: Sunchoke and Potato Gratin

    Alissa Nelson​A few years ago, local chefs started hopping on the sunchoke bandwagon. Suddenly you had sunchoke purées and soups and risottos popping up like mushrooms after a week of fall rain. This happened to correspond to my first farm-share experience. As it turns out, Biver Farms is quite t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 6.10

    A great article by Mark Bittman on the dilemma of eating seafood in these sustainability-minded times. (New York Times)Norman Brinker, the chain-restaurant magnate whose portfolio included Chili's, Bennigan's and many, many others, has died. (AP)The had of Campbell's Soup thinks the U.S. should adop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 1.7

    In today's news: Eat less, stock your pantry right and consider the virtues of squirrel meat.

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 9.22

    China's food-safety head steps down as the melamine-tainted infant formula crisis widens: Over 53,000 have been sickened. (CNN) In Japan, the agriculture minister steps down after a scandal over contaminated rice. (AP) A look at the new PBS series featuring Mario Batali, Mark Bittman and Gwyneth P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 6.11

    A government official in Myanmar claims that food shortages are not imminent weeks after the devastating cyclone Nargis. (AFP) Rising food costs force the World Food Program to abandon a breakfast program for kids in Cambodia. (USA Today) "The Minimalist" Mark Bittman offers practical tips on how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2008

    Mark Bittman Is Blogging

    The New York Times has launched Bitten, a new food blog written by Mark Bittman. Bittman writes "The Minimalist" column for the Times' weekly dining section and has written or co-written numerous cookbooks, including How to Cook Everything and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. Go check it out. -Ia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 1.28 Mark Bittman offers a concise overview of the consequences of industrial meat production and why we should all try to eat less meat. (New York Times) Speaking of the consequences of industrial meat production: Tyson has seen a dramatic decrease in earnings. The producer blames ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2008

    Your Weekly St. Louis Food Blog Digest A look at what's happening at some of our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Meet the Cheesemonger's Wife! At STL Hops Mike pays a visit to Granite City Food and Brewing, a new brewpub (sort of) which has nothing to do with Granite City, Illinois. Bill pays a visit to Newstead To ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 1, 2004

    A Real Dish

    Miss Saigon moves its delightful Vietnamese dishes to spiffier digs