“I ask people very simple questions about food and they offer amazing, revealing stories about themselves.” - Anthony Bourdain
I have been interested in food writing since I learned to read. I started dragging cookbooks to bed when I was around eight years old, the same year that I began to cook. I began working as a professional journalist at the tender age of 19, and somehow always managed to turn even routine news stories into pieces about food. After a career as a journalist and then later in "content" for Microsoft, I decided to cash in my savings to follow a lifelong dream to earn a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. This led to my first book, _The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry _(Viking/Penguin Random House).
The Hungry for Words podcast is an extension of a food writing curriculum I began teaching in 2006 and I now teach across the country. To learn more, check out the HFW page on my site. I consider the podcast an excuse to meet authors I admire, or to cover aspects of food and food writing that I find interesting. All of the episodes are long format interviews which feature a recipe that we later taste and discuss on the show. You can find more about all the episodes - plus the recipes - at Hungry for Words.
My hope is that this podcast will be not only entertaining to food lovers and cooks, but also inspire current or aspiring food writers. One of my goals is to show that people come to food writing from many different places, and approach their craft from many varying perspectives. Also, since we’re talking “shop” on the show, listeners learn some inside baseball, such as why editors insist on chicken recipes in cookbooks, or how editors of anthologies make their selections.
Want to be a guest? Drop me a line.