Featured Recipe: Food Columnist Mark Bittman

Each week, the Recipe for Change campaign will feature a tomato recipe from a leader in the movement to end slavery, both here in the United States and around the world. You can sign up to get these recipes, along with information and stories on slavery in Florida's tomato fields and ways you can take action this summer. You'll receive one email per week between July 4th and Labor Day. 

This week, we're excited to feature a tomato recipe from food writer Mark Bittman! 

Mark Bittman (www.markbittman.com) is the food columnist for the New York Times magazine. In 2009, Mr. Bittman, who has been urging Americans to change the way we eat for decades, published Food Matters, which explored the crucial connections among food, health and the environment. He is the author of How to Cook Everything, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, and his most recent book, The Food Matters Cookbook, among others. Mr. Bittman’s television series include “Bittman Takes on America's Chefs,” “The Best Recipes in the World,” “Spain: On the Road Again” and an upcoming series based on his column. Mr. Bittman has written several times about the conditions faced by workers in Florida’s tomato industry. Read one of his pieces from a year ago on "The True Cost of Tomatoes." 

Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil

From How to Cook Everything, by Mark Bittman


  • 1 pound tomatoes, washed
  • 8 thick slices rustic bread
  • Olive oil
  • 1 cup torn basil leaves, washed
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 to 4 cloves garlic, halved or crushed


  1. Heat a gas or charcoal grill or a broiler to medium-high heat and put the rack about 4 inches from the heat source.
  2. Core the tomatoes, squeezing most of the seeds out, and coarsely chop them. If you have time, put them in a strainer for a few minutes to drain the excess water.
  3. Brush both sides of the bread lightly with olive oil, then grill or broil until lightly browned on both sides.
  4. Meanwhile, toss the tomatoes with the basil in a bowl, and drizzle with olive oil and salt.
  5. Rub the bread with the garlic, then top with the tomato mixture. Sprinkle with pepper and serve.

Makes 4 servings. 

Justice Campaigns mobilizes people around the country in support of U.S. policies that will lead to the abolition of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Join us this summer for Recipe for Change, as we campaign for slave-free tomatoes. 

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