Mark Bittman’s New Vegan Mantra Leaves Room for Play

Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 10.15.11 AMBy Molly Gore for SF Weekly.

Let’s get one thing straight: Mark Bittman is not a vegan. The first thing he does, sitting down to breakfast at a beautifully curated vegan feast while on tour to promote his mostly-vegan eating manifesto, is demand some dairy.

“What do you say we send this whole vegan thing to hell and get some milk around here?” he says. On cue, dainty milk pitchers arrive, and Bittman’s coffee gets a hearty dose.

The scene is an apt introduction to the longtime New York Times food columnist’s new and entirely nondogmatic approach to eating, outlined in his new diffusively-titled book, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 To Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…For Good. The book promotes a principally-vegan diet before 6 p.m., permitting reasonable freedom after that time to eat whatever you darn well please. Well, almost. He puts a few soft restrictions on the nighttime freedom, namely common sensical advice like not eating milkshakes until dawn and “all but” eliminating junk food (the “all but” being a nod to the truth that “everybody needs to break the rules sometimes”).

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  1. jeff said...

    I started doing VB6(no that there’s really anything to “do”) 3 weeks ago and have lost 7 pounds. I like the discipline that the Vegan during the day creates in my mind. It keeps me from just reaching for food without thinking. Similarly, my appetite seems fairly well regulated all day and I’m generally not having crazy cravings at night.

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