Best-selling cookbook author MARK BITTMAN is the creator and author of the popular New York Times weekly column, "The Minimalist," and one of the country's best-known and widely admired food writers. His flagship book, How to Cook Everything (Macmillan, 1998), is currently in its twelfth printing and has sold nearly 600,000 copies.
How to Cook Everything won both the Julia Child general cookbook award and the James Beard general cookbook award for 1998; it was the only book to win both awards that year, and one of the few in history to accomplish that feat. It also won a Food & Wine "Best of the Best" award and an award from the International Culinary Review (presented at Versailles), and spent more than 130 weeks on the Los Angeles Times "Cookbook Hot List," a record.
Mr. Bittman’s work has appeared in nearly every major American newspaper and food magazine, and in many general interest publications, and he has written a number of other books many of which have been award winners. Jean-Georges: Cooking at Home With a Four-Star Chef, written with Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Broadway, 1998), won a James Beard award, and is widely considered to be among the most accessible chef's cookbooks ever published. And Mr. Bittman's first book, Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking (Macmillan, 1994), currently in its eighth printing and the best-selling book on the subject, was the winner of a 1994 Julia Child award. In that same year, Mr. Bittman won the coveted IACP Bert Greene Memorial award for Best Food Journalism; he is the only journalist/cookbook author to win both of those awards.
Mr. Bittman's The Minimalist Cooks At Home, based on his New York Times column, was published in 2000 by Broadway Books and won the Julia Child general cookbook award for that year; his next book, The Minimalist Cooks Dinner, was among the best-selling cookbooks of 2001 and received rave reviews and a Julia Child nomination. He has just published the third book in the series, The Minimalist Entertains, as well as How to Cook Everything: The Basics.
Mr. Bittman, who lives in Connecticut, is a regular guest on the Today show; he has also appeared on countless national and local radio and television shows. He has been profiled in many of the country's leading newspapers, including the Boston Globe, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. In addition to the New York Times, he is currently writing for Gourmet, Travel-Holiday, GQ, and several others.
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