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Mark Bittman goes officially political

(article, Culinate staff)

This week marks the end of Mark Bittman's beloved 13-year-old column in the New York Times, "The Minimalist." In a farewell note, Bittman explained the origins of the column, how it evolved over the years, and what he's up to next: moving to the Sunday magazine and the op-ed pages, where he'll be advocating for better food from a political perspective. Here's his conclusion:

bq. In part, what I see as the continuing attack on good, sound eating and traditional farming in the United States is a political issue. I’ll be writing regularly about this in the opinion pages of The Times, and in a blog that begins next week. That’s one place to look for me from now on. The other is in The Times Magazine, where I’ll be writing a recipe column most Sundays beginning in March.

bq. Part of my reasoning in going to the opinion section is to advocate, essentially, for eaters’ rights. But the response of good cooks, and those of us who write about cooking, must be to continue to look for ways to bring real food to all of our tables.

bq. Which, in a way, is pretty funny, because it’s where The Minimalist began.