Mark Bittman

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Mark Bittman (born c. 1950) is an American food journalist, author, and columnist for The New York Times.


Bittman is a food and cooking writer. Three of his books, including Cooking at Home with a Four-Star Chef, have been given the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Julia Child, or James Beard awards.[1]

Bittman appeared with Gwyneth Paltrow and Mario Batali in a PBS series called Spain... on the road Again in 2008.

His final "Minimalist" column for The New York Times was published on January 26, 2011. Bittman has been a columnist for The New York Times Magazine and the paper's Opinion section.[2]

Bittman wrote a pair of articles for The New York Times Week in Review called "Rethinking the Meat Guzzler"[3] and "A Seafood Snob Ponders the Future of Fish."[4]

In August 2012 Bittman wrote in the NY Times about the unexpected death of Don Perry [2], a PR executive at Chick-Fil-A, and referred to the recently deceased Perry as "a pig." This statement was criticized as uncivil [3] and Bittman issued an apology. [4]

Bittman has appeared on NBC's The Today Show and the NPR shows All Things Considered[5] and Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. He appeared as a guest judge on the Food Network competition series Chopped.[6] He also hosts a weekly cooking video on the New York Times website. In 2013 Bittman criticized the U.S. Senate's passage of farm legislation related to corn crop subsidies.[7]


Bittman published his book Leafy Greens in 1995, How to Cook Everything in 1998, Fish – The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking in 1999, and Simple to Spectacular in 2000.

In 2005 he published the books The Best Recipes in the World and Bittman Takes on America's Chefs, and hosted the Public Television series Bittman Takes on America's Chefs which won the James Beard Award for best cooking series.[5]

In 2007 he published How to Cook Everything Vegetarian and created the film What's wrong with what we eat?. In 2009 Bittman published the book Food Matters, which covers food-related topics such as environmental challenges, lifestyle diseases, overproduction and over consumption of meat and simple carbohydrates. He also began the TV series Kitchen Express. Bittman has written the books The Minimalist Cooks at Home, The Minimalist Cooks Dinner and The Minimalist Entertains.[5]

In 2010 Bittman created The Food Matters Cookbook, an expansion of the principles and recipes in his prior book.

Personal life[edit]

Bittman is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School (1967) and of Clark University.[8] Bittman lives in New York City with his wife, Kelly Doe, a New York Times graphic designer and art director.[8] He has two adult daughters from a prior marriage. Bittman runs marathons and is a licensed pilot.[5]


  1. ^ "Mark Bittman". PBS Food. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ Mark Bittman, "The Minimalist Makes His Exit", The New York Times, January 26, 2011.
  3. ^ Mark Bittman, "Rethinking the Meat Guzzler", The New York Times, January 27, 2008.
  4. ^ Mark Bittman, "A Seafood Snob Ponders the Future of Fish", The New York Times, November 16, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d Mark Bittman Official web site
  6. ^, Chopped: Season 3, Episode 12 "Against the Tide", aired March 2, 2010; retrieved February 21, 2013.
  7. ^ Korn, Morgan (June 13, 2013). "Farm Bill Is Like Welfare for the Wealthy". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "The Making of the Minimalist," New York Observer November 25, 2008. [1]

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