I'm a writer, teacher, oral historian, scholar, and avid eater, cook and gardener. I love feeding people and being fed, asking questions and trying to answer them, too.
My first book-- a collection of essays I commissioned and edited about the renowned southern chef and food writer, Edna Lewis-- was published by UNC Press in 2018 to wide acclaim.
Much of my work is about food. Food provides a unique way of getting at stories about overlooked, unsung, or poorly understood people, places, and cultures. My writing is informed by my training in history and public health, experience in sustainable agriculture and community development, and working both independently and collaboratively as an interviewer, co-writer, and journalist. Over the years, I've worked as an organic vegetable farmer, restaurant critic, anti-poverty and sustainable agriculture policy advocate, urban agriculture instructor, researcher at the American Museum of Natural History, and professional pie baker.
I have a PhD in Food Studies from NYU; my dissertation was based on a series of oral history interviews I conducted with the legendary editor, Judith Jones (about whom I'm currently at work on a narrative biography). I teach courses on food culture, writing, and oral history at NYU's Gallatin School for Individualized Study and via the NYU Prison Education Initiative at Wallkill Correctional Facility.
I live with my husband, chef Chris Bradley, our twins, Cal and Eliza, and our rambunctious Boston terrier in Kingston, New York.