I am the two-time James Beard Award-winning Food and Dining editor of The Washington Post and the author of “Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook” (Ten Speed Press, 2013), which was named among the best cookbooks of 2013 by The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and NPR's "Here and Now.” In 2011, I wrote “Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One,” which Serious Eats, David Lebovitz, and the San Francisco Chronicle named to their best-of-the-year lists.
I was a food writer and Travel section editor at The Boston Globe before moving to Washington in 2006 to edit the Post’s Food section. I write the Post’s Weeknight Vegetarian column and for five years wrote the Cooking for One column, both of which have won honors from the Association of Food Journalists. I also have written regularly about my efforts to grow food on my 150-square-foot urban front yard. My work from the Globe and Post has appeared in multiple editions of the “Best Food Writing” anthology.
In addition to writing and editing, I frequently speak about my work at conferences, book festivals and other events, and have taught dozens of cooking classes through such venues as Central Market, Stonewall Kitchen, Culinaerie, L’Academie de Cuisine and SideTour.
I grew up in West Texas and spent 2012 in North Berwick, Maine, on leave from the Post to learn about growing and homesteading from my sister and brother-in-law and to work on “Eat Your Vegetables.” I am a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Cambridge (MA) School of Culinary Arts.
- The University of Texas at Austin
- Cambridge School of Culinary Arts
- Lake View High School
- Lincoln Junior High School
- Trinity Lutheran Elementary School
- The Washington PostNewspaper food and travel editor, present
- The Boston Globe
- The Monadnock Ledger
- The South End News