[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, Gastronomica, Serious Eats, BUST, The Local Palate, Fodor’s, Modern Farmer, and numerous Austin publicationsSometimes 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 Texaspaczki 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.

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