The Commonwealth Club welcomes Mark Bittman to the stage at the Lucie Stern Community Theatre. Bittman is an Opinion columnist and The New York Times
magazine's lead food columnist. His Minimalist column ran in the Dining section of the Times
for more than 13 years. Bittman's 1998 book How to Cook Everything
, with 1 million copies in print, is a mainstay of the modern kitchen. In 2009, having been urging Americans to change the way we eat for decades, published Food Matters
, which explored the crucial connections among food, health and the environment. He comes to the Lucie Stern to talk about his newest release, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good
, due out at the end of April. His new plan for eating was borne of personal experience: Six years ago, an overweight, pre-diabetic Bittman faced a medical directive: adopt a vegan diet or go on medication. Neither choice was appealing, yet something had to give. His solution was to shift the focus of his diet to vegetables, fruits and grains, following a strict vegan diet (no meat or dairy) and eliminating processed foods for most of the day, then eat the foods he simply couldn't give up only after 6pm -- and only in moderation.
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