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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Martha Bayne  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Seattle, Washington

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Illinois Connection

Martha moved to Chicago in 1995 and has been there ever since.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bayne is a writer and editor whose work about food and food sustainability has been featured in the ''Chicago Tribune'', ''Time Out Chicago'', ''The Baffler'', the ''Rumpus'', ''Bookforum'', and the ''Chicago Reader''. She is the founder of ''Soup and Bread'', a free weekly soup dinner held each winter and early spring at the ''Hideout'', a bar and music venue in Chicago.

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Titles At Your Library

Soup and Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time
ISBN: 1572841192

Agate Surrey. 2011

The Soup and Bread Cookbook aims to explore the social role of soup through a collection of terrific, affordable recipes from food activists, chefs, and others. This quirky exploration of the cultural history of soup as a tool for both building community and fostering social justice is the result of a brainstorm: eating your way through a pot of soup day after day can get boring — why not get together and swap some with friends? Now neighbors across the country are getting together regularly for home-based "soup swaps." In Chicago, the arts collective InCUBATE uses soup as a microfunding tool. And of course, soup can be a political statement: the radical volunteers of Food Not Bombs have been providing free vegetarian soup to the hungry as a protest against war and social injustice since 1980. These are just a few examples of the stories Bayne wraps around a collection of delicious, accessible, and tested soup recipes.

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