2013 Book Festival Author
Martha Bayne

Martha Bayne is a writer and editor based in Chicago. Currently the associate managing editor of Plate magazine, a bimonthly magazine for professional chefs, she is also founder of the Soup & Bread series of hunger-relief fundraisers hosted at The Hideout, a Chicago bar and music venue. Soup & Bread, which began in 2009, is a soup dinner prepared by chefs, musicians, artists, neighbors, and anyone else wanting to help make a soup dinner and participate in a community gathering. There is no charge for the meal, but donations raised at the weekly event go to hunger relief agencies, such as the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Bayne's Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time is a compilation of recipes and stories about groups that use soup to bring people together while reaching out to others.

Her features and essays have appeared in Time Out Chicago, Bookforum, the Baffler, the Christian Century, the Rumpus, Grist, and the Chicago Reader, where she was on staff for 10 years. In 2012, she was honored with a Time Out Chicago "Eat Out" award for "Most Palatable Evangelism." 

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