I'm a writer, oral historian, scholar and avid home cook and gardener. I love feeding people and being fed, asking questions and trying to answer them, too.
For me, it's all food, all the time. I've worked as a organic vegetable farmer, restaurant reviewer, anti-poverty and sustainable agriculture policy advocate, urban agriculture instructor, researcher at the American Museum of Natural History, and professional pie baker.
My first book-- a collection of essays I commissioned and edited on the renowned southern chef and food writer, Edna Lewis-- was published by UNC Press in 2018.
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.
I teach courses on food culture and writing 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 (of the Phoenicia Diner) our twins, Cal and Eliza, and our rambunctious Boston terrier in Kingston, New York.