How to Cook Everything®  by Mark Bittman Selected as One of Five ‘Groundbreaking’ Apps by Apple®

NEW YORK - To celebrate the fifth birthday of the App StoreSM, Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything®  was selected as one of the top five innovative, non-game apps to have helped make the store a global success. How to Cook Everything was the only food and drink app chosen and became the App Store’s top downloaded app throughout most of the weeklong promotion.

Much more than an e-cookbook or a collection of recipes, the How to Cook Everything app and its companion apps, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian and Cooking Basics—produced in partnership by Culinate and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt—have become the go-to digital cooking companions for millions of Mark Bittman fans, who are in turn more confident cooks. 

Based on the bestselling How to Cook Everything book, the app contains 2,000 no-nonsense recipes, hundreds of technique illustrations and authoritative cooking guidance.  The app also offers enhanced search capability, shopping lists, multiple timers for every recipe, bookmarks within recipes, personalized notes option, featured photos, and more. 

“It’s a thrill to see people around the world eager to get into the kitchen,” said Mark Bittman. ”My hope is that the How to Cook Everything family of apps will inspire them all to enjoy cooking simple and delicious food at home for themselves and their families.”

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing
For nearly two centuries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Trade division has published some of the world’s most renowned novels, non-fiction, children’s books and reference works in hardcover, trade paperback, and eBook formats.  Its distinguished author list includes eight Nobel Prize winners, forty-seven Pulitzer Prize winners, thirteen National Book Award winners, and more than one hundred Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients. HMH publishes such distinguished authors as Philip Roth, Temple Grandin, Tim O'Brien, and Umberto Eco, and a celebrated roster of children’s authors and illustrators including Lois Lowry, Chris Van Allsburg and David Wiesner.  HMH is also home to The Best American series®; The American Heritage® and Webster’s New World™ dictionaries; Betty Crocker®, Better Homes and Gardens®, How to Cook Everything®, The Gourmet Cookbook, and other leading culinary properties; the Peterson Field Guides®; CliffsNotes; books by J.R.R. Tolkien; and many iconic children’s books and characters including Curious George®, The Little Prince and The Polar Express. For more information, visit For more information about How to Cook Everything® books, contact Rebecca Liss/(212) 598-5729/

About Mark Bittman
 Mark Bittman is one of America’s best-known and most widely respected food writers. He covers food policy, cooking, and eating as an Opinion columnist and blogger for the New York Times and the paper’s Sunday Magazine. He produced “The Minimalist” column for 13 years and has starred in several popular Public Television cooking series. Now a frequent public speaker, he appears regularly on the Today Show and is a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows. Bittman has authored more than a dozen cookbooks, including How to Cook Everything® The Basics, How to Cook Everything®, How to Cook Everything® Vegetarian (all available as apps), Food Matters and the Food Matters Cookbook, and VB6™: Eat Vegan Before 6:00. For more information, go to

About Culinate
Publisher of the online food site, Culinate also works with publishers, authors, and cooks to digitally enhance recipes and cookbook content for mobile devices and the web. Founded in 2005, Culinate is based in Portland, Oregon. For information about the How to Cook Everything® apps (, contact Mark Douglas / (503) 916-1777 /

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