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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.
Bittman wrote a pair of articles for The New York Times Week in Review called "Rethinking the Meat Guzzler" and "The Future of Fish".
Bittman was criticized by some New York Times readers when he published an opinion piece about diabetes in March, 2013. He failed to distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. He implied that all diabetes is caused by sugar intake. In fact, Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease and is not caused by sugar intake.
Bittman has appeared on NBC's The Today Show and the NPR shows All Things Considered and Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. He appeared as a guest judge on the Food Network competition series Chopped. He also hosts a weekly cooking video on the New York Times website.
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.
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.
In 2010 Bittman created The Food Matters Cookbook, an expansion of the principles and recipes in his prior book.
Bittman is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School (1967) and of Clark University. Bittman lives in New York City with his wife, Kelly Doe, a New York Times graphic designer and art director. He has two adult daughters from a prior marriage. Bittman runs marathons and is a licensed pilot.
- Mark Bittman, "The Minimalist Makes His Exit", The New York Times, January 26, 2011.
- Mark Bittman Official web site
- IMDB.com, Chopped: Season 3, Episode 12 "Against the Tide", aired March 2, 2010; retrieved February 21, 2013.
- "The Making of the Minimalist," New York Observer November 25, 2008.