I'm not a fan of Mark Bittman. My husband isn't either, and I think his term "gasbag" sort of fits as a good description. In today's NY Times, he has another one of his articles about reducing cooking to its lowest common denominator -- You could do this, or you could do that, and if those don't appeal, try this. I feel that it is very condescending as well as pretty unappealing. I may be in he minority here, since most people seem to like him, but for the life of me, I can't figure out why.