Tootise Tomanetz (pitmaster at Snow's BBQ) and me at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest.

   Tootise Tomanetz (pitmaster at Snow's BBQ) and me at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest.

I’m an American food and travel writer currently based in Belgium. My work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Condé Nast Traveler, Lucky Peach,  Saveur, AFAR,  Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure,  and many others

I studied history at Tulane University, but I’m a quirky Rhode Islander at heart. After graduation, I hung around New Orleans and later worked in New York as a youth gardening instructor and cheesemonger. I finally started writing in Austin after getting acquainted with its (then) up-and-coming dining scene.  I also reported on local dining news as associate editor of Eater D.C. while living in the Washington, D.C. area. As you can see, I’ve done lots of odd jobs along the way. Writing is the only thing that has ever stuck. 

The Washington Post once documented my scallops suspicions, but I’ve actually eaten more offensive things as a professional eater and traveler. In the name of journalism, I’ve tried smoked cow eye in a Texas border town, crickets in Cambodia, scorpion-infused mezcal in Mexico, birds nest in Macau, and fertilized duck egg in Vietnam.

You can reach me at mmbethune at gmail dot com, on Twitter: @meredithbethune or on Instagram or Snapchat as meredithbethune. Subscribe to my monthly newsletter to keep up with my work.

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