Mark Bittman is one of America’s best-known food writers. He is probably better known for his books, “How To Cook Everything” and for his op-ed pieces that have appeared in newspapers like The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine.
I recently read his latest offering, A Bone To Pick, The good and bad news about food, with wisdom and advice on diets, food safety, GMOs, farming, and more. Each chapter stands alone, so they can be read in any order you choose. Each chapter also was originally an op-ed piece so the style fits that format better than a normal book.
The information in each chapter though is spot on and very good. The book is incredibly well written. It is very clear that Mr. Bittman is knowledgeable about this subject.
I, personally, found the book a little like eating a dry, plain saltine cracker. There wasn’t a lot of personal stories and anecdotes. It was, in the words of Sergent Joe Friday, “Just the facts.” There is nothing wrong with that, I just found the book a little hard to get into and read.
My favorite chapter has to be the one in which he talks about comfort food. This chapter stands out in stark contrast to my thoughts on the rest of the book. It is full personal ancedotes, is more a slice of bread, fresh from the oven and slathered thickly with fresh butter.
I give this book 3.5 out of 5 turning pages. If you’re anything like me, and enjoy reading and learning about all things foods, you should get a copy of his book and read it for yourself. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of review from Blogging For Books. All opinions are my own.