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Mark Bittman - Vegan Before 6PM


Mark Bittman is an award-winning food journalist, author, and former columnist at The New York Times who has written 20 acclaimed books, created more than 17,000 recipes, and just published the 10th edition of How To Cook Everything Vegetarian. Mark is known for fusing his political views with his expertise on food, and has starred in four television series including Showtime’s Emmy award winning climate change documentary, “Years of Living Dangerously”. He is currently a writer for New York Magazine’s GRUB STREET.


00:00 | Trailer
02:13 Brian’s thoughts on the episode
04:21 Brian’s introduction
05:02 Food in London in 1968 far from memorable
08:43 Growing up in a housing project in Stuyvesant Town, Manhattan
11:24 Why Mark started to cook whilst at college
13:19 A lone male shopping in the supermarkets
14:39 Early political interests, growing aware food was becoming more about manufacturing and less about farming
18:14 Mark’s TED talk raised early awareness of issues around farm production of red meat
23:18 The balance between personal freedom and collective responsibility is something we just don’t get
27:36 What Mark is hoping to see in current travels to Brazil, Haiti, Great Britain and India studying their food policies
34:33 Where the concept arose for his book Vegan Before Six
38:16 Big food lobbying budget for hyper processed food in the USA is about as big as lobbying budget for Defence
40:48 Mark finds restaurants chronically disappointing
45:27 What it was like working for the New York Times with the pressure to meet copy deadlines
54:50 His views on the change in newspaper production to digital
57:31 Donald Trump’s attack on the New York Times1:00:31 What he thinks the British are doing right in relation to food production
1:03:04 Praise for the raising awareness work of Jamie Oliver1:03:51 A celebratory chef owned chain of restaurants is not what the eater is looking for
1:05:57 Mark much prefers to hone his views in written format than be on camera
1:08:21 Mark’s advise to those who want to pursue a career in writing whether as a blogger or in print
1:10:32 The attraction of the intensity of New York
1:12:47 Who Mark thinks of as successful
1:14:32 Success secrets
1:15:10 Best and worst days of his life
1:17:00 Where and how Mark heard about 9/11
1:20:36 What is keeping him awake at night
1:22:52 Phone call to the 20-year old Mark Bittman
1:26:01 Best advice ever received
1:27:18 Advice to the 20-year old who wants to improve on the direction the world is going
1:29:00 Brian’s summing up.


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