[Photograph: Mel Cole]
I live in Austin by way of New York and New Orleans. I grew up in Rhode Island. I’ve had lots of odd jobs along the way like cheesemonger, farmers’ market coordinator, and youth gardening instructor, just to name a few. Today my work appears in magazines and on websites like Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, Gastronomica, Serious Eats, BUST, The Local Palate, Fodor’s, Modern Farmer, and numerous Austin publications. Sometimes my photos even make an appearance.
Like any good Austinite, I definitely keep up with the new-restaurant-of-the-moment buzz. But my favorite stories always showcase passionate chefs, artisans, or farmers. I also love exploring dishes and ingredients that make a place truly unique, like barbacoa in South Texas, paczki in Poland, or the street food of Vietnam. Really, I want to examine where people, culture, and food intersect, and I also develop recipes and write about cooking. I’ve also been known to smoke a pastrami or stuff a sausage from time to time.