PLEDGE NOW
Mark Bittman On Food Culture Now

Superstar food thinker Mark Bittman on “vegan till 6” and our food culture now. On Point Live!

Food writer, food thinker Mark Bittman is one of the big voices relentlessly pushing, cajoling, inviting, instructing to change the way America eats.  For our health, for the big world.

He’s done it himself.  Vegan ‘til six is his new mantra.  Basically, eat plants all day, enjoy what you like in the evening.  Your heart and health will thank you, he says.  And so will an environment not asked to carry the groaning load of the way we eat now.

He’s funny.  He’s smart.  He’s a good cook.  He’s thinking about your plate and the planet.

This hour, On Point:  On Point Live with Mark Bittman.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guest

Mark Bittman, American food journalist and author. Columnist for the New York Times and lead food writer for the New York Times Magazine. He wrote the “Minimalist” column for the Times for more than 13 years. His new book is “VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 To Lose Weight And Restore Your Health… For Good

Also, the great bluegrass group Della Mae joined us for On Point Live. Their new album is “This World Oft Can Be.”

From Tom’s Reading List

The Washington Post: Weeknight Vegetarian: Going vegan, for the day, with Mark Bittman — “What may come across as gimmicky, with the acronym and the time stamp and all, becomes less so once you read or listen. For one thing, that 6 o’clock reference is just a device to mark off part of the day from the rest, to give eaters structure without asking them to obsess. Want cream with your morning coffee? Going out to lunch one day and don’t want to seek out a vegan entree? Want to eat bacon at breakfast and a vegetarian dinner? Don’t sweat the details. ‘The point is to eat less meat and other animal products,’ he says when we’re back in my Dupont Circle kitchen. ‘VB6 is a way to do that, but it’s certainly not the only way.'”

The New York Times (Mark Bittman): Welfare for the Wealthy — “The critically important Farm Bill is impenetrably arcane, yet as it worms its way through Congress, Americans who care about justice, health or the environment can parse enough of it to become outraged. The legislation costs around $100 billion annually, determining policies on matters that are strikingly diverse. Because it affects foreign trade and aid, agricultural and nutritional research, and much more, it has global implications.”

Excerpt: ‘VB6’ by Mark Bittman

Video: Della Mae Performs

Gallery

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
May 2, 2016
A man walks on the rail tracks of a train station turned into a makeshift camp crowded by migrants and refugees, at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Friday, April 29, 2016. Many thousands of migrants remain at the Greek border with Macedonia, hoping that the border crossing will reopen, allowing them to move north into central Europe. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

A top former US diplomat says refugees and tribalism are pulling Europe apart and that the US needs to get involved- to help Europe by helping refugees.

May 2, 2016
ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016 AND THEREAFTER - In this April 19, 2016 photo, Laurie Millan, a para-professional and tutor, works with a student during an after school tutoring session at San Francisco International High School, in San Francisco. While some districts in numerous states have discouraged migrant minors from Central America from enrolling in their schools, the school accommodated its youths by rewriting young-adult novels at a basic level to spark the newcomers' interest in reading.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Is grit the secret sauce that drives success? More important than both talent and intellect? We’re talking the power and limits of grit.

RECENT
SHOWS
Apr 29, 2016
Screengrab from the #MorethanMean video produced by Sarah Spain and Julie Dicaro. Scroll down to view the video.

Women pushing back. A video by two female sports reporters about online harassment goes viral.

 
Apr 29, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, joined by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina waves during a rally in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, when Cruz announced he has tapped Fiorina to serve as his running mate. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Trump and Hillary wins. Bernie lays off. Cruz chooses Carly. Beyonce drops “Lemonade.” Our weekly news roundtable goes beyond the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
‘Embedded’: How Violent Gangs Are Terrorizing El Salvador
Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

NPR’s Kelly McEvers on her reporting in El Salvador for the podcast Embedded, and how gang killings brought San Salvador’s bus service to a halt.

More »
Comment
 
That Cheap Dress On Facebook? It Isn't Worth It
Monday, Apr 11, 2016

Know those shockingly cheap clothes you see advertised on Facebook? There’s a catch.

More »
Comment
 
The Boston Globe Imagines — And Rejects — A President Trump Front Page
Monday, Apr 11, 2016

The Boston Globe editorial page imagines — and rejects — President Donald Trump.

More »
Comment