More Minimal Than Ever

Mark Bittman brings his New York Times food column — The Minimalist — to an end after 13 years.

I am grateful to him for introducing me and thousands of other readers to Jim Lahey’s revolutionary bread recipe and to the pleasure of bypassing Williams-Sonoma in favor of the local restaurant supply store.

If you were put off by the in-your-face, competitive reality cooking shows, there was Bittman, who kept it pleasurable, interesting and mostly unpretentious. If I had the choice between dining out at New York’s hottest restaurant or shooting the shit with Bittman over a sizzling sauté pan in a cramped apartment kitchen, I’d take Bittman.

His next gig is taking on the agro-industrial complex from the Times‘ Opinion section. That should be fun, too.