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When Bittman (columnist, New York Times; How To Cook Everything) was told by his doctor that he was prediabetic, had pre-heart disease symptoms, and should become a vegan, Bittman did what any other omnivorous food writer might do: ask for a compromise. He created his own diet, essentially becoming a part-time vegan. Bittman's plan is simple: he avoids animal products and processed foods of all kinds before dinnertime, eats whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, cooks at home, exercises, and focuses on improved health rather than the scale. When six o'clock rolls around, all bets are off and Bittman eats whatever he wants-in moderation. In the first half of the book, he explains the philosophy and fundamentals of VB6, examining calorie density, carbohydrates, and satiety. The second half of the book delves into the plan, including recipes and lists of unlimited foods (foods low in calorie density), flexible foods (foods higher in calorie density), and treats (fish and meats, dairy, alcohol, desserts). VERDICT In this well-written and well-researched title, Bittman has successfully created a sensible eating plan that reluctant dieters might actually be able to stick to, since foods are not off-limits, only limited.-Pauline Baughman, Multnomah Cty. Lib., Portland, OR (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.