Review: The Minimalist with Mark Bittman

The Minimalist with Mark Bittman

I finally got a little more quality time with the Cooking Channel so I am attempting to review several of the shows I have not seen.  This time around The Minimalist.

Mark Bittman is one of the more respected food writers in the country.  He has nearly two dozen cookbooks to his credit highlighted by his popular How to Cook Everything (available at amazon) series, another food show (PBS’ Spain – On The Road Again) with Iron Chef Mario Batali and a long running column that was one of the few reasons to read the tabloid known as the New York Times.   The name of that column?  The Minimalist Apparently Bittman is such a minimalist that he figured why bother coming up with a new name.

According to the Cooking Channel web site:

With Cooking Channel’s The Minimalist, beloved food journalist and celebrated New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman brings his expertise to your kitchen with his tried-and-true recipes. From finger foods and soups to ethnic and Asian fare, Mark shares his clear and simple techniques that have made him an iconic name in American kitchens.

The show is about what I expected from Bittman.  A straight forward stand-and-stir that is low on flash but high on content.    Bittman has a calm energy that instills you confidence and a dependable knowledge of the kitchen.  He also has a dry wit (like most New Yorkers) that creeps in every now and then and if you aren’t careful you might miss it.

If you are a home cook looking to up your game The Minimalist is a prime show for helping you get to the next level.  It airs Sundays at 10:30am ET on the Cooking Channel.

One Response to Review: The Minimalist with Mark Bittman

  • Amanda says:

    home cook? check
    not so great? check
    looking to get better? check

    sounds like 'the minimalist' might be for me.

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