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Mark  Bittman

Mark Bittman

Best-Selling Author & Food Expert


Mark Bittman, one of the leading voices in the food movement, has been called a visionary for his rallying cry to change the way America eats. His seminal book, Food Matters—a New York Times bestseller—broke new ground in exploring the links among food, health, and the environment while providing tangible guidance for Americans to rethink their diet. Read More >

Bittman has been writing and speaking about food for 30 years, mostly through print and the web pages of The New York Times (he created "The Minimalist" for the Dining section in 1997 and is a contributor to both Week in Review and The Magazine). He is the author of several blockbuster cookbooks, appears regularly on both commercial and public television, and is a highly sought-after speaker on food and its role in American culture and health.

Prior to tackling food in general, Bittman set out to teach Americans to cook by publishing How to Cook Everything, which won three international cookbook awards, the IACP/Julia Child Award, and the James Beard Award (twice), and which has become the bible of cooking for millions of Americans. His follow-up, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, was one of the best-selling cookbooks of 2007 and a multiple award winner. His most recent book, Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express, hit The New York Times Bestseller List the week it was released.

Known for his candor and no-nonsense style, Mark Bittman is on a mission is to get people to cook simply, comfortably, and well. In highly engaging keynotes, he shows audiences how their food is produced, marketed, and consumed, providing a timely and comprehensive answer to why food matters. He then provides audiences with the tools to help them lose weight, solve health problems, and reduce their personal impact on the environment.

Bittman is the host of the TV series Bittman Takes on America's Chefs, which won the James Beard Award for the best cooking series of 2005 and continues to run regularly. He also hosts The Best Recipes in the World and hosted the special Spain: On the Road Again, which he co-hosted with Gwyneth Paltrow and Mario Batali. He appears twice a month on The Today Show.

During the late ‘90s, Bittman created a best-selling collaboration with the internationally celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Their classic, Jean-Georges: Cooking at Home with a Four-Star Chef, is widely considered to be among the most accessible chef's cookbooks ever published. Bittman's first book, Fish—The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking is the best-selling contemporary book on the subject. Among his other works are the blockbuster The Best Recipes in the World and the award-winning “Minimalist” cookbooks, now collected in Mark Bittman's Simple and Easy Recipes from The New York Times. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Food Matters

Speech Topics

Getting Serious About Food: Safety, Hunger & Sustainability

What’s Wrong with the Way We Eat

Reducing Consumption to Heal the Planet & Ourselves

Personal Food Policy: The Importance of Conscious Eating

What We Can Do About Obesity

Eating Like Food Matters

The Zen of Cooking