I Answer Frequently Asked Questions about VB6

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Question: I don’t know if I could give up bacon and eggs. How do you brunch on VB6?
Answer: Making the change is not as difficult as you might think. At first I craved a bagel with cream cheese or bacon. But my habits changed after a few weeks, and now I enjoy my VB6 breakfasts as much as I did the old ones. Oatmeal with fruit, a smoothie, or fruit salads are all great brunch options.

Q: What was your inspiration for writing VB6?
A:  After five years of success on VB6, I came to really believe in the lifestyle. Then I started to hear from friends and coworkers—even strangers—and realized it wasn’t just a quirky little thing.

Q: Do you have a favorite spicy seitan recipe that is VB6?
A: I like pan-searing, roasting, or grilling setian and then tossing it in sauces or stir-fries.

Q: What’s a favorite go-to vegan lunch for you?
A: I don’t have go-tos; I pretty much cook what I’ve got. But I would say my most frequent lunch is either chopped salad, if I have a bunch of veggies laying around; and if I don’t, I almost always have cooked beans and grains, so I’ll throw something together with them. Having said all of that, it’s rare that I’m home for lunch, so I hit a salad bar or go out for falafel.

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Today Show: VB6 with Matt Lauer

I went on the Today Show yesterday to show Matt Lauer how to be vegan before 6pm.  I shared  some of my favorite healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

Screen Shot 2013-05-04 at 11.02.48 AMWatch the video here and get the recipes, here.

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Being Vegan With Mark Bittman on HuffPost Live

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Vegans get a pretty bad rap in the food world. When you think “dairyless” and “meatless” you usually think “tasteless,” but I went on HuffPost Live to talk about how to embrace dining like a vegan.

Watch the video here.

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The Vegan Before Dinnertime Diet on Dr. Oz

I sat down with Dr. Oz to discuss VB6 and cook up a few recipes.

Watch more segments from the show, here.

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Operation: Mother’s Day

Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 10.11.17 AMAttention, significant others of mothers: Breakfast in bed is a thoughtful, time-honored gesture for Mother’s Day. There is, however, an alternative to a precariously balanced tray of eggs, orange juice and coffee, all of which she eats by herself while the kids hang around watching. That alternative is a simple but wonderful dinner, cooked by you and those same adorable children, eaten together at an actual table.

Here’s a three-course meal, easy enough for novice cooks to pull off and impressive enough so that those who know how to cook will be pleased. It features a chicken dish that may become a lifelong standard and a can’t-fail version of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s warm, soft chocolate cake.

I’ve also included a comprehensive battle plan — a timeline for everything you’ll need to do in the kitchen with suggestions for the tasks to delegate to your kids. (If they’re the better cooks, they can delegate to you.) Just remember: Even though you cooked, you still have to do the dishes.

Read the rest of this article, here.

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The Frankfurter Diaries

I ate two hot dogs the other day. And now I’m going to talk about my feelings about junk food.

The circumstances were these: an early meeting at The Times, “breakfast” of a banana (and lucky to have that), and a morning of activities controlled by others.

Then there was a drive to the Jersey Shore. Just shy of noon, we stopped at a Garden State [1] Parkway rest area of the new style: a “choice” of bad fast food joints rather than just one. I begged my colleagues for some time to have a bite to eat. (It was a day that would include no lunch break.)

The choices were: prewrapped sandwiches, like smoked turkey with provolone on “whole grain” bread (it wasn’t); Burger King; Sbarro; TCBY; Quizno’s; Starbucks; Nathan’s. I was on the phone with a friend who largely shares my weaknesses and prejudices. I did not want a prewrapped sandwich, especially one that looked so dry and unappetizing. My first inclination was Burger King; he pronounced it “poison.”

O.K., but what wasn’t? Where was the real food? It didn’t exist. I gravitated toward Nathan’s. After all, I grew up going to Coney Island; my mother is from there. Nathan’s may not ever have been the best hot dog in New York, but it was iconic. Probably most important, the hot dog is to me comfort food. And it had been a long time.

Read the rest of this column, here.

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Exclusive Sneak Peek! Healthy One-Pot Meals from VB6 on iVillage

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The beauty of a one-pot meal is that you can get all your food groups in an easy to make, easy to clean up dish. It doesn’t matter if it’s vegetarian or laced with meat, a one-pot meal allows you to build textures and develop flavors in a simple manner. Pasta, tagine, stews… your options are limitless.

Read the rest of the article and check out the recipes, here.

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Event: Brooklyn Food Coalition on Tuesday, April 30th!

bittmanFinal_letter_c_02-reduced (1)I will be speaking at the Brooklyn Food Coalition on Tuesday. Order tickets here. Proceeds from ticket sales go to benefit the Brooklyn Food Coalition–working toward a healthy, just and sustainable food system for all!

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Check Out My Brand New How to Cook Everything iPad App: Cooking Basics

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I’m thrilled to have just released my new How to Cook Everything iPad app, Cooking Basics. It includes 1,000 photos, 185 recipes, tons of kitchen tips, audio and video clips, and a whole lot more. For a full rundown of all of the content and features (plus more pretty screenshots), continue reading below. To purchase the app, click here.

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