Mark Bittman. Photo: Romulo Yanes

Mark Bittman, one of America’s most incisive writers about food, has joined the lineup at the fourth annual Uncharted Festival of Ideas in Berkeley.

Uncharted, a production of Berkeleyside, features some of the world’s edgiest thinkers and creative performers. It takes place over two days in downtown Berkeley. This year’s festival is on Friday Oct. 14 and Saturday Oct. 15.

Bittman, formerly a columnist at the New York Times and the author of several bestselling cookbooks, was also a distinguished visiting fellow at the Berkeley Food Institute at UC Berkeley. He devotes his time to writing, teaching and food movement strategy, and has a new book out: How to Bake Everything.

Read more about Mark Bittman on Berkeleyside.

For those interested in food and food issues, the Uncharted festival also includes a workshop hosted by James Beard award-winning writer Kenji López-Alt, author of The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science; as well as an interactive Chocolate Lab hosted by Brad Kintzer, Chief Chocolate Maker at TCHO. See full program.

Other speakers include KQED Forum host Michael Krasny who will be talking about Jewish humor; Alex Filippenko, astronomer and self-declared “solar eclipse addict; The Vagina Monologues creator Eve Ensler; and Randi Redmond Oster, the multi-award winning author of Questioning Protocol. For more information and tickets visit

This year’s Uncharted Festival of Ideas takes place at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in downtown Berkeley on Friday Oct. 14 and Saturday Oct. 15, with the opening-night party at Alumni House on the Cal campus.

KALW is broadcasting four Uncharted Radio Hour programs showcasing some of the best conversations from the 2015 festival. The next programs air on Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13.

Podcasts of 15 of conversations from last year’s Uncharted Festival can be downloaded for free on the Berkeleyside podcast channel on iTunes.

End-of-Summer discounted tickets (over 35% off regular price) for this year’s Uncharted Festival are available through Sept. 23 at

Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas‘ sponsorship partners are: Autodesk; Cloudera; Wareham Development; DeYoe Wealth Management; Jetton Construction; North Berkeley Investment Partners; Panoramic Interests; 2000 Center Street LLC; Downtown Berkeley Association; Hotel Shattuck Plaza; UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley; The Grubb Company; Magoosh; BART; Minuteman Press; Andronico’s Community Markets; APS Wines; Drake’s Brewing Company; Vignette Wine Country Sodas; TCHO; Inflection Point; and KALW.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...