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VB6: A Recipe Book That Will Change Your Life

Updated on June 10, 2015

No, it's NOT a diet book but it can change your life

That's a pretty tall claim, isn't it? That a recipe book can change your life? Well, it can.Truly. And it doesn't matter how young or old you are, what your general health is like OR what kind of foods you like to eat.


It seems like a miracle but it's true. This honestly isn't a diet book. You can enjoy an enormous range of foods. And at the same time, your health will improve, as will your skin, your hair and your general feeling of wellbeing.

Yeah, right...

Really. You see, what Mark Bittman explains in this book is that we have structure to almost everything we do in life. But few of us do when it comes to eating. It can be something of a haphazard affair. So it IS a diet? Nope.

A sample day

How about starting the day with apple-oat muffins? Then for lunch, some creamy tomato soup with breadsticks. By all means have a snack - try garlic tortillas or Spanish-style chickpea dip with carrots. But of course, there's always dinner too. How about Tuscan chicken stew? Or beef stew with pistachios, beets and brown rice?


I bet you weren't expecting this. There are lots of desserts to choose from. Try chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies or banana-hazelnut-chocolate ice cream. And this is actually good for you and can change your life? Yes.

We all know

Despite our aches and pains, high blood pressure, overweight or whatever, we persist in eating the wrong foods. Why is that? Many people tut-tut when they see others smoking a cigarette - 'those things kill' they say. But eating the wrong foods somehow isn't seen in the same way.I wonder why? We all know what's good for us and what isn't. We know:

  • That aches and pains in the knee and hip joints are probably caused by being overweight
  • That if we have high cholesterol that cheese-loaded pizza isn't going to help the situation
  • That diabetes and other illnesses can be solved by the correct diet
  • That taking drugs for ailments rarely cures them
  • That processed foods are so bad for us
  • That no-one wants to count calories or points and that diets are boring, unsatisfying and don't work

So try this book. It's not a diet. It lets you eat incredibly well (even chocolate!), there are no restrictions about eating out, frozen and canned convenience foods aren't banned by any means, you can drink alcohol, there's no need to become vegetarian or vegan and you'll find no nutritional information that you need to study.

The proof of the ... um ... pudding

The author has been eating in this way for seven years and the health benefits have been huge. What's more, he has enjoyed his food more than before.

He offers three hundred and fifty brilliant recipes in this book and we've been following it for only three weeks now. Mark Bittman says that it took just short of two months for him to see the benefits.

Three weeks in and I'm seeing the benefits already.

You have to try this - you won't regret it

Meet the author See...

Meet the author

See this energetic, lively and healthy man (in his sixties) talking about how this book can change your life. He explains that:

  • Yes, you can cheat
  • If you have a fast food burger once in a while, that's fine
  • That he never managed to give up cream in his coffee

What's more, see a sample day's food - including steak, baked potato and wine :)

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Learn more from Mark Bittman about how to make this way of eating work for you.

VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good
VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good

Here's more information about this way of eating.

Please don't be alarmed by the word 'vegan' in the title - I could no more be vegan than I could be a brain surgeon.

The basic premise is that during the day, we should eat plant and grain foods before six in the evening - and remember that includes muffins, fresh blackberry jam on toast, spoonbread and smoothies.


Here are a couple of suggestions for items that you'll find helpful for your new way of eating.

Corelle Livingware 18-Piece Dinnerware Set, Winter Frost White, Service for 6 (1088609)
Corelle Livingware 18-Piece Dinnerware Set, Winter Frost White, Service for 6 (1088609)

For our new beginning,I decided to get new dinnerware too. And it had to be white. Why?

Well one reason is that chefs invariably prefer to serve food using white plates and bowls because then the food itself stands out. But more than that - this way of eating uses pure foods and the pure white of the dinnerware was lovely reminder that we are eating clean and pure food.

Hamilton Beach 58148A Power Elite Multi-Function Blender
Hamilton Beach 58148A Power Elite Multi-Function Blender

There is absolutely NO need to buy any special appliances use this excellent book but starting a new way of eating is a great excuse for getting one or two new small appliances.I find that the recipes in this book are a lot easier to create if you have a good blender. There are the smoothies of course (and how delicious they are) but there are also recipes that require pureeing - not something I want to do by hand.



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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @aka-rms - really, this is incredible. Did you see the video? The man is amazing. Thanks!

    • aka-rms profile image

      Robin S 

      4 years ago from USA

      You've got me intrigued with this cookbook. We've been trying to eat healthier at my house. This sounds like a must-read.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Merrci: The recipes are amazing! I mean, after all it's by a man and we all know how much they like their food :) The great thing is that being 'good' during the day, wine and chocolate are fine in the evening :)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Brite-Ideas: It really is fascinating. It's a great theory and well worth looking into. You can see from the video that it works :)

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It's going on my list. Sounds like such a good book. I've made little steps to eat better, but more knowledge would help! Great review.

    • Brite-Ideas profile image

      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      sounds like a good choice for a book...was just talking with my friends daughter tonight about eating properly - she's going to school to be a nutritionist (I learned a few things from her) Sounds like this book is a good tie in to our conversation

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @David Stone1: Thanks so much, Dave. I'm really enthusiastic about this way of eating. I'm lucky - I have no health problems or aches and pains - which I put down to great genes plus my dad who taught me about healthy eating when I was just a kid. But even though I don't have health problems, I find that this way of eating makes things even better :)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Jerzimom: It really is wonderful. Healthy eating with no real rules. What I forgot to mention above is that the author lost 35 pounds in no time - that MUST be a health improvement. I love the video - he is so enthusiastic. But that's the thing with this - there's no sense of deprivation.

    • David Stone1 profile image

      David Stone 

      4 years ago from New York City

      Bittman's great, and this review does a great job of calling out the facts.

    • Jerzimom profile image

      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      4 years ago from Mondovi, WI

      Never heard of this cookbook but it sounds like it would be great! I agree on the cream in coffee. I've tried to put in less but no way. I can give up other things I decided. I should get this cookbook.


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