Many of you woke up today to read online or in the New York Times Dining & Wine section, that Mark Bittman, author of the Minimalist Column, decided to step away and end the column after 13 years. I must confess that I only started reading the column religiously about 2 or 2 1/2 years ago, but I have gone into the archives and read and watched numerous videos of Bittman’s great recipes.
Don’t worry though, he isn’t going away totally. Bittman will continue to work for the NY Times and provide a weekly column in the Opinions section. The column will run on Wednesday’s online and occasionally in print. And that’s not all…He will also have a column called “On Food,” starting in March for the New York Times Magazine. The Cooking Channel will also feature a show using old videos from the Minimalist column, so I guess I should worry too much.
On my bookshelf sits one of Bittman’s cookbooks, “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian,” a book that the Vegetarian and I use quite often. Not only does it have good recipes, but it gives great basic ideas for turning random ingredients into a delicious meal.
One of my all time favorite Mark Bittman recipes, that I literally use regularly is his version of Jim Lahey’s no-knead bread. It makes amazing bread, though I have to admit that I have mixed that version with another, and don’t use a dutch oven (every time) to bake the bread. Regardless, his recipes and idea have left an impression on me and my cooking.
I wish Bittman well in his new columns and endeavors, and look forward to reading them.