When Mark Bittman's doctors told him he had pre-diabetes, pre-heart-disease, and high cholesterol, the New York Times food columnist knew he had to take back control of his health. The catch? He didn't want to give up the pleasurable aspects of eating, such as dining out and indulging in favorite foods.
With that in mind, Bittman decided to embark on a diet he called "Vegan Before 6:" He'd eat plant-based meals and snacks before six o'clock, and at night he'd enjoy whatever he wanted. Here, the best-selling author shares three of his all-time favorite recipes from the new The VB6 Cookbook to illustrate what a typical day looks like in the VB6 diet.