Revered Food Writer to Help Raise Funds for Book Festival, Library


MADISON, Wis. (Friday, February 14, 2020) – Madison Public Library Foundation will bring former New York Times food writer and best-selling author Mark Bittman to Madison for its Lunch for Libraries fundraiser on Thursday, May 7, to benefit the Wisconsin Book Festival and Madison Public Library services.

One of the most respected cooking authorities in America, Bittman teamed up with Yale physician David Katz, M.D., founder of True Health Initiative, to pen the soon-to-be-released How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered. The co-authors share their clear, no-nonsense perspective on food and diet in an easy-to-digest question-and-answer format, covering subjects that range from basic nutrients to superfoods to fad diets. The book goes on sale March 3.

Bittman is the author of 20 books, including the How to Cook Everything series, Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 and Dinner for Everyone. He’s a former longtime New York Times food writer whose column “The Minimalist,” which ran from 1997 to 2010, focused on the practice and pleasure of cooking.  He then became the New York Times Magazine’s lead food writer and the country’s first food-focused Op-Ed columnist. He’s currently a faculty member of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

“Madison is one of America’s biggest food cities; with more than 500 restaurants and a huge local, accessible food movement, we have quite the love affair with food,” said Wisconsin Book Festival Director Conor Moran. “Mark Bittman’s insights will feed our community’s insatiable appetite for learning about what and how we eat, where our food comes from, and what makes both the process of cooking and our favorite dishes so special. We look forward to his visit, and appreciate his support in helping us raise funds for free, year-round Wisconsin Book Festival author events and the library.”

In addition to celebrating the publication of How to Eat, the foundation will mark the 20th anniversary of How to Cook Everything with copies of the kitchen classic available for purchase at the fundraiser.

Lunch for Libraries, which will take place at Monona Terrace Convention Center, will begin at noon. Businesses interested in sponsorship and individuals who wish to purchase a table or a ticket ($125) may call 608.266.6318 or email Each attendee will receive a pre-signed hardcover copy of How to Eat.

Lunch for Libraries is the largest fundraiser for the Wisconsin Book Festival, presented by Madison Public Library in partnership with the foundation. The event brings in more than half of the festival’s privately raised dollars. A portion of the proceeds is used for other library services.

Madison Public Library cardholders can check out Bittman’s books at any of the library’s nine locations throughout the city or place holds for them via LINKcat, accessible through the library website at

About Madison Public Library Foundation: Madison Public Library Foundation promotes and supports Madison’s library facilities, services and programs. Established in 1993, the foundation provides annual project grants, raises funds for capital projects, and promotes awareness of the libraries and their programs. Learn how to support Madison’s libraries at, on the foundation’s Facebook page, on Instagram (@mplfoundation) and on Twitter (@mplfoundation). For information about the Wisconsin Book Festival, visit

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