Cookbook author and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman will be coming to town on Nov. 14 to give a free lecture titled “Behind the Scenes of What We Eat” at Chinatown's California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities.

Bittman, who penned the best-selling cookbook How to Cook Everything, will discuss how to be aware of issues in food culture as a consumer, addressing topics such as fair treatment of agricultural workers, sustainable farming practices and the carbon footprint of modern food.

Depending on the outcome of the Nov. 6 election, the effects of Proposition 37 — which proposes the labeling of genetically modified foods — will likely be discussed as well. Admission is free, but arriving early is recommend as events are often overbooked. Check-in and reception begin at 6:00 p.m., with the program starting at 7:00 p.m. You can register on-line for the event here.

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