I'm a Nashville-based food writer, cookbook author, and magazine editor. I love telling stories about farmers, cooks, kitchens, and local food communities. And I love collaborating with others to create books. In 2011, I published my first book Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm (St. Martin's Press), which explores the world of Island Creek Oysters in Duxbury, Massachusetts. The New England Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Seasonal Recipes (Rizzoli), which I co-authored with award-winning Boston chef Jeremy Sewall, was released in October 2014 and was nominated for a James Beard Cookbook Award. My latest book, Grits: A Cultural and Culinary Journey Through the South (St. Martin's Press) was published in November 2018.
These days, I'm the editor of Nashville Lifestyles magazine where I get to write regularly about Nashville's food, culture, and people. I'm also one of the co-founders of Dirty Pages, a storytelling project that launched in early 2015. The project celebrates shared, passed-down food memories and we kicked it off with a photo exhibit that has lived at the Nashville Farmers' Market and Conexión Américas in Nashville and now has a permanent home in New Orleans at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Before moving to Nashville, I lived in Boston where I worked as a writer and editor at Boston magazine and DailyCandy.com and, together with my husband, Dave and friend Nicole Kanner of All Heart PR, I co-founded Eat Your Heart Out Boston. In my spare time, I freelance for various publications like The Local Palate, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Truth Love & Clean Cutlery, FoodNetwork.com, LuckyPeach.com, Food & Wine, and AOL Travel. I also serve as president the board of Les Dames Nashville, a chapter of LDEI, whose mission is to provide mentorship and scholarship to women in culinary, farming, hospitality, and beverage; in 2015, I won the LDEI M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing.
When I'm not digging up story ideas, I'm usually in the kitchen, exploring my city, cooking up travel plans, or generally scheming about what and where I'll eat next. Dave and I love hunting down live rock shows and hoppy Belgian beers and we're lucky to be the parents of two adorable kiddos, Charlie and Maggie Jean.