I count myself among the fortunate to be able to work at what I love — writing, cooking, traveling and taking photographs. As a syndicated food writer, my articles have appeared in such newspapers as The Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun. I’ve covered food and travel for such print magazines as VegNews, BackHome and Town and Country Living and the online publication Zester Daily and Reuters. My work has also appeared on Yahoo! Shine and MSN.com, in the culinary encyclopedia Entertaining from Ancient Rome to the Superbowl (Greenwood, 2008) and in Start Your Own Microbrewery, Distillery, or Cidery (Entrepreneur Media, 2015). I recently completed the non-fiction food history Herring: A Global History for Reaktion Books. Look for it on bookstore shelves soon.
Throughout my food writing career I’ve worked as a recipe tester, trying out and tweaking the culinary creations of noted authors and my own recipes. I also teach cooking classes and lecture on sustainable seafood, cooking and writing. My first cookbook, Fish Market (Running Press, 2013), was released on May 28, 2013. Derived from 16 years as a pescetarian, Fish Market looks at selecting, preparing and enjoying sustainable seafood. Weight Watchers named it one of the top ten books to give and receive in 2013 while NPR shortlisted it as “Best Gift for the Beach Cottage.”
Growing up in an ethnically diverse, former steel town north of Pittsburgh, I learned early on about exciting and influential world cuisines. Pasta fagioli, pita and pierogies all shaped my palate. They also spurred my desire to travel the globe, sampling them and other childhood favorites on their native soils. Thanks to a major case of wanderlust, I’ve journeyed through five continents and 45 countries (and counting). I’ve had the pleasures of cooking in Paris, Prague, Barcelona, Chiang Mai and Siem Reap, Cambodia and of collecting fabulous recipes and stories wherever I’ve roamed.
Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism brought me to New York City in 2000 and awarded me a Master of Science in Journalism in 2001. I also hold a Master of Science from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Grove City College.
Educational aspirations may have lured me to New York but rich culture, disparate cuisines and the overall hustle and bustle of urban life kept me there. Today I live a somewhat “Green Acres” existence, dividing my time between Manhattan’s Upper West Side and an 1801 farmhouse on the outskirts of Philadelphia. When I’m not traveling, cooking or writing, I love to hang out with my family, friends and trio of rescued, stray, cats, Scooty, Porchie and Dougal, the undisputed kitchen cat.
My culinary adventures and influences come together at Kitchen Kat. Here I share recipes, food histories, tips, photos, favorite cookbooks and cooking and travel tales. Like what you read? You can also follow me and my culinary stories by becoming a fan of Kitchen Kat on Facebook and by following me on Twitter @Kitchenkat. Further adventures and photos can be found on flickr and Instagram. Want to get in touch? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.