Words

Food

Food writing is one of my greatest passions, and is a practice I engage in almost daily as I create content for my business (client projects as well as ongoing creation of exclusive member content).

I also write articles and books within the broad area of food studies, including reported pieces, historical narratives, exhibit materials for museums and libraries, and reflective personal essays.

One of my current favorites is this piece, on how humoral theory shaped our modern flavor profiles in the western world.

My most recent book is Afternoon Tea: A History (2019: Rowman & Littlefield), which covers the history and development of the meal and its global spread alongside English colonial practices.
My first was Modernizing Markham (2012: CandleLight Press), a small volume covering an interdisciplinary food and art project based on a 1615 cookery manual.

I am regularly interviewed by fellow food writers, and my interviews have appeared in Savor (formerly FoodStuff), Curiosity Magazine, Saveur, WFAEats, Eat Sip Trip, and others.

I am currently working on a third book, and am represented by my fantastic literary agency, The Lisa Ekus Group.

Editing

I have served in an editorial capacity for several publications that sit at the intersection of academic and popular writing.

These include serving as a founding writer and later Senior Editor for the Hack Library School blog, which won a Salem Press newcomer blog award during my time there. I also was a founding Editor for B Sides Journal, and most recently served as the editor of Parenthesis.

Since 2008, I have offered private editorial services for authors from a range of disciplines, and have gained experience working with everything from museum exhibit labels to dissertations to popular articles.

Academic writing

Current project: Underserved Patrons in University Libraries: Assisting Students Facing Trauma, Abuse, and Discrimination. Co-edited with Melissa Gross.

I have published over a dozen single authored scholarly articles, primarily in the fields of Library & Information Studies, Food Studies, and Psychology. However, much of my work is interdisciplinary in nature and touches upon focal areas across the Social Sciences and Humanities.

My academic work has been cited in nearly 150 other scholarly pieces, and my articles continue to be referenced and cited well after they have been released.

My dissertation, an interdisciplinary historical study of the 135th St Branch of the New York Public Library, engaged in theory building and testing as well as historical analysis, and received an honorable mention in the Phyllis Dain Dissertation Award competition.

Some of my writing rides the line between work for general audiences and for specialized academic ones, including my tenure at the Hack Library School blog from its founding through my time as Senior Editor. During this period we successfully recruited and mentored many brilliant writers, and won the Salem Press Newcomer Award.

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I have written reported and personal essays in other areas as well, including a personal essay on race, class, and public transit for the award-winning Interstate Love Song exhibition, and have also appeared in published interviews related to my artistic practice, my scientific work, and how I celebrate my reproductive choices.

To see a complete list of popular and scholarly publications, please visit my CV page.

 

Some of my articles are not available online: If you would like a copy, please get in touch and (provided I’m able to do so) I’m happy to send you a copy.