About

 

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[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 a variety of publications including Gastronomica, Serious Eats, BUST, The Local Palate, Edible Austin, Modern Farmer, Austin Monthly, TRIBEZA, CultureMap, and The Austin American-StatesmanSometimes 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 that make a place truly unique, like barbacoa in South Texas or paczki in Poland. 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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