How to Eat Now

How to Eat Now

Practical lessons from Mark Bittman, America's expert in simple, sustainable food.

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Overview

Designed for busy people, this course is celebrated food writer Mark Bittman’s guide to being an eater in the modern world. Bittman reveals his vision for the future of food and shares his best advice—and plenty of new insights—for cooking and eating healthfully and sustainably. You’ll also hear from chef Holly Haines about dining with company. After just two hours, you’ll be equipped to eat better, cook more often, and savor the good life in a truly sustainable way.

Your enrollment supports tipped workers and other service professionals. A portion of the proceeds for this course support the nonprofit One Fair Wage, a non-profit that advocates for the end of tipped minimum wages.

You'll learn how to:

Make tasty, healthy, sustainable meals
Eat less meat, but better meat
Cook in batches to save time and stress
Shop to your taste—and for your budget
Purchase and bake exceptional bread
Whip up bulletproof recipe-less dishes
Look to the future of food with optimism

What you'll get

  • 2+ hours of audio lessons

    Learn to cook and eat healthfully and sustainably.

  • Companion e-textbook

    When listening isn’t an option, dig into this text-based PDF.

  • Curated resources

    Save time searching. We’ve collected the best resources for you.

  • Lesson summaries

    Be reminded of the key things you’ve learned via email.

  • Mark Bittman's recipes

    A collection of Mark Bittman's favorite recipes.

  • One Fair Wage

    Your purchase directly supports One Fair Wage.

Experts in this course

  • Mark Bittman
    Mark Bittman is the author of over 30 acclaimed books on food and cooking, including the #1 New York Times bestseller, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good. He is also the founder of Heated and The Mark Bittman Newsletter. For more than two decades his popular and compelling stories on food and cooking appeared in the New York Times. Bittman has starred in multiple television series, including Showtime’s Emmy-winning Years of Living Dangerously. He has appeared on TODAY, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Fresh Air. His TED talk has 5 million views. He’s driven by the belief that more time in the kitchen can improve your health, your budget, and the planet.
  • Holly Haines
    Holly Haines is a cookbook author and content creator. She’s passionate about teaching people to love the kitchen through accessible and innovative recipes. She is the author of How to Eat Your Feelings and contributor at Heated Magazine.

Lessons

  • 01
    Introduction
    Meet your host and learn why you should start cooking now.
  • 02
    The bones of cooking
    Discover why cooking isn’t complicated.
  • 03
    Playing with flavor profiles
    Learn how different flavors can change a whole dish.
  • 04
    Three master meals
    Learn to cook three foundational meals so you never run out of kitchen inspiration!
  • 05
    The poetry of whole grain bread
    Learn what good bread really is.
  • 06
    Navigating a broken food system
    Find out why it’s so hard to get good, healthy food into your kitchen.
  • 07
    Dreaming of communal kitchens
    Learn how communal kitchens could fix our broken food system.
  • 08
    What I learned by being (mostly) vegan
    Understand why being a part-time vegan could be a good idea for you and the planet.
  • 09
    Taste bud rehab
    Train yourself to love the foods that are good for you.
  • 10
    Eating healthy: more plants, less animals, no junk.
    Learn the simple rules of a good diet.
  • 11
    Should you get that Impossible Burger?
    Learn why you may want to think twice about those trendy meat substitutes.
  • 12
    Less (and better) meat now
    Learn how to choose better animal products.
  • 13
    Meal kits
    Learn about the pros, cons, and alternatives to meal planning subscriptions.
  • 14
    Cooking for friends, with Holly Haines
    Reflect on what it means to feed others.
  • 15
    Philosophies of entertaining, with Holly Haines
    What’s your entertaining style?
  • 16
    Cooking for friends: the vegetarians among us
    Figure out how to cook for guests with dietary restrictions.
  • 17
    Shopping your priorities
    Learn how and why your food priorities can shift.
  • 18
    Ingredients: you probably don't need that fancy olive oil
    Learn when you should (and shouldn’t) splurge on expensive ingredients.
  • 19
    Organic: yea or nay?
    Learn if and when you should buy organic.
  • 20
    Conclusion
    Reflect on the cooking and eating lessons you’ve learned so far.
  • 21
    Bonus: The famous no-knead bread recipe
    Mark Bittman shares a famous recipe.
  • I’ve loved Bittman’s books for years, and now it’s great to have him in my ears! And I love the extra resources in the app… it’s easy to extrapolate your own recipes from the master recipes!
    Jake L.
  • How to Eat Now is Bittman's first audio course from a platform that has produced content for the likes of MasterClass and some of the world's most trusted institutions like the New York Times from which Bittman gained initial notoriety. At a time when cooking for yourself couldn't be more important, Bittman's course is an injection of inspiration. He has thought and written about food at every level, and breaks down the core concepts of enjoyable, healthy and sustainable cooking into a format that is easy enough to work through and immediately apply. I was secretly hoping that MasterClass would eventually offer a Bittman course, but I'm actually finding that I'm working through his Knowable course a lot faster than my MasterClasses, simply because audio is a more suitable platform for learning on the go.
    Aki Nicholas Gibson
  • Mark is great at breaking the topics down into bite-sized (pun intended) segments that allow me to rethink how I approach learning to cook. Food is something I have always struggled to get a handle on and this course seems to be the answer to my prayers. Simple and practical. Just the way I like it.
    Nate Nienaber
  • Fantastic way to maximize my time. I could be doing several other things simultaneously while listening to Mark Bittman's "How to Eat Now" course. A wealth of knowledge can be had from this course. Its excellent and I love it.
    Dawn Bailey
  • I am big fan of Mark Bittman so I was really happy when Knowable launched this course. I like the length of each lesson and I learned something new in every lesson. I also appreciated Mark Bittman’s "no knead bread" recipe.
    Petr Srsen
  • Mark Bittman’s “How to Eat Now” course is wonderful. I love simple & common-sense ways he approaches food & life. He really inspires me to use my own experience & creativity. He makes cooking a journey of self-discovery, pleasure, and satisfaction.
    Arna Zucker
  • Mark Bittman gives practical and approachable advice for healthy eating. The material is presented as a formula that allows listeners to plug in their own ingredients and Bittman gives advice for how to choose those ingredients to support yourself and the world.
    Stephanie Hackett

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What people are saying

  • Jake L.
    I’ve loved Bittman’s books for years, and now it’s great to have him in my ears! And I love the extra resources in the app… it’s easy to extrapolate your own recipes from the master recipes!
  • Aki Nicholas Gibson
    How to Eat Now is Bittman's first audio course from a platform that has produced content for the likes of MasterClass and some of the world's most trusted institutions like the New York Times from which Bittman gained initial notoriety. At a time when cooking for yourself couldn't be more important, Bittman's course is an injection of inspiration. He has thought and written about food at every level, and breaks down the core concepts of enjoyable, healthy and sustainable cooking into a format that is easy enough to work through and immediately apply. I was secretly hoping that MasterClass would eventually offer a Bittman course, but I'm actually finding that I'm working through his Knowable course a lot faster than my MasterClasses, simply because audio is a more suitable platform for learning on the go.
  • Nate Nienaber
    Mark is great at breaking the topics down into bite-sized (pun intended) segments that allow me to rethink how I approach learning to cook. Food is something I have always struggled to get a handle on and this course seems to be the answer to my prayers. Simple and practical. Just the way I like it.
  • Dawn Bailey
    Fantastic way to maximize my time. I could be doing several other things simultaneously while listening to Mark Bittman's "How to Eat Now" course. A wealth of knowledge can be had from this course. Its excellent and I love it.
  • Petr Srsen
    I am big fan of Mark Bittman so I was really happy when Knowable launched this course. I like the length of each lesson and I learned something new in every lesson. I also appreciated Mark Bittman’s "no knead bread" recipe.
  • Arna Zucker
    Mark Bittman’s “How to Eat Now” course is wonderful. I love simple & common-sense ways he approaches food & life. He really inspires me to use my own experience & creativity. He makes cooking a journey of self-discovery, pleasure, and satisfaction.
  • Stephanie Hackett
    Mark Bittman gives practical and approachable advice for healthy eating. The material is presented as a formula that allows listeners to plug in their own ingredients and Bittman gives advice for how to choose those ingredients to support yourself and the world.

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