You may know that I love him. I read his Minimalist articles in the NY Times whenever they come out. I, more or less, trust any recipe he’s ever published. I own a book of his, and he makes random appearances in my Spain book. Really, I just think Mark Bittman is a good dude. Cooks meat, fish, veggies, whatever. Likes his food good and tasty. Can produce elaborate meals that take hours (days?), but has a whole cache of quick-cooking recipes as well. Really, he just seems like a good dude. Which is why I am not even remotely surprised that this lovely OpEd in today’s NY Times was written by none other than Bitty himself. It’s short and very much to the point. GET INTO YOUR KITCHEN!!!!
I know there are plenty of people out there who do not have a kitchen or do not have the funds to stock a pantry or own cookware. But seriously, this is the best way to spend your money when you do have just a little bit to spare or can procure cookware from the salvation army or some other cheap (or free) source. Cooking is fun, relaxing, therapeutic (open a bottle of wine or have a cocktail while you chop or saute or whatever). But seriously, get in your kitchen. You’ll be amazed at how easy and delicious the whole thing is.
So, thank you, Mr. Bittman, for having an awesome message that, in my mind, is the most important and basic food-related message in a long long time. Kudos!