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Bittman on organic and GMOs

drongo May 7, 2014 03:30 AM

For the past several years, I've really disliked Mark Bittman's opinion pieces -- he has come across to me as an smugly ignorant blowhard. So it was with some trepidation that I read his latest column in the NY Times yesterday. But I have to say that it's very reasonable -- he's not smug, ignorant nor blowing hard. So I may need to re-evaluate him...

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    John Francis RE: drongo May 7, 2014 10:32 AM

    Very sensible - which I guess means I agree with him. :-)

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      calumin RE: John Francis May 7, 2014 08:08 PM

      Yes, writers tend to sound a lot more reasonable when they write things that we agree with!

    2. MGZ RE: drongo May 7, 2014 10:37 AM

      I had missed that this morning, so thanks for posting it. I have always thought Bittman to be reasonable and thoughtful and have enjoyed many of his columns. This one is particularly realistic - perhaps that's what helped?

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        small h RE: drongo May 7, 2014 01:05 PM

        I could have written your post. I was a big fan of Bittman's videos, and an even bigger non-fan of his scold-y op ed stuff (which sounded in my head like something carried down from Mt. Sinai). I was surprised and pleased by this latest.

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          mike0989 RE: drongo May 8, 2014 07:12 AM

          Well thought out and balanced on the whole. I don't agree with the piece 100%. But on the whole, it's a very good piece.

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            cresyd RE: drongo May 8, 2014 01:30 PM

            Generally speaking, I'm a fan of Bittman because I have tended to view his overall approach to food to be similar to this article. Basically this notion that not everyone has endless time or money and therefore how to break down concepts of better eating without going full 'slow food movement'.

            However, I've also found that the more reasonable/rational his style is (as in this article) the less attention he gets overall. And the more ranty and attitude driven pieces get more attention. Much like that food review that was done of Guy Fieri's restaurant easily had to be the most widely read review written by the current NYT restaurant reviewer.

            If I had to pick any food personality as providing a reasonable and accessible approach to food, Bittman provides the best approach of anyone I can think of. But generally speaking, folks are more amused by hearing Anthony Bourdain call Paula Deen evil than reading about accessible changes.

            1. Ttrockwood RE: drongo May 9, 2014 07:34 PM

              Thanks for the link- i've been a bittman reader since his minimalist days (at one point i went back and read all i could find that he wrote for that column) and i have to say i admire and respect his views on modern food issues and his willingness to put himself out there.

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