New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman offers The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living, recipes relying mostly on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 600 I St. NW. Tickets are $12, or receive two free tickets with online purchase of the book. Call 202-408-3100 or visit sixthandi.org.