I'm into craft. I like things uniquely made and finely done.

I work as a writer and content director. I relish figuring out what the real story is. The story customers will respond to because it's true. That's brand. What's true is easy to communicate, it's easy to connect to, and it's what makes a company unique. I'm also a wiz at transforming large amounts of information into easily digestible nuggets.

Before all this, I earned a PhD in Modern European History at Stanford University by reading scandalous novels, Parisian tabloids, and dusty police records. I then wrote a dissertation about the trade in women at the turn-of-the-last-century, a subject I've always thought would make a good book that I may write someday.

Besides reading and writing, I like to hand-sew quilts, ski steep hills covered in deep powder, and both swim in and stare at open water. I prefer hiking up to walking down, savory to sweet, and motion to stasis. I crave corner pieces, cheese rinds, and edges of most kinds.

I live in San Francisco, where winters feel colder than those of my native Minnesota, no matter what the locals say, with my dashing husband and omnivorous son.

Crave more details? Client and publication lists are below. Looking for more of a resume? See linkedin.

Brand, Content, Copywriting Clients

  • Wolff Olins

  • Munchery

  • Consumer Reports

  • Uber

  • Google

  • Staub Cookware

  • Kashi

  • Dial House

  • California Vistors' Guide

  • Great Places to Work

  • Bon Appetit Management Company

  • Weber Grills

  • Weight Watchers

  • Mezzetta

  • Lila B Design

  • Local Artisan Cafés

  • Torani Syrup

  • Nature's Own

  • Prevelent Designs

  • Diamond Walnuts

  • Safeway

  • 12 Week Body Solution

Recent Publications List

  • Bowls! (cookbook), Chronicle Books, forthcoming spring 2017

  • The Salmon Pass, Edible San Francisco, spring 2016

  • Cooking's Not for Everyone, Edible San Francisco, Winter 2015

  • The Glut, monthly column about seasonal produce, San Francisco Chronicle, October 2014-September 2015

  • Greens + Grains (cookbook), Chronicle Books, 2014

  • New Hybrid Vegetables, Everyday with Rachel Ray, November 2014

  • Manner Matters, weekly column about dining etiquette, SeriousEats.com, 2014

  • San Francisco in 2,000 Calories and 10,000 Steps, Cooking Light, April 2014

  • A Semi-Autobiographical Guide to Cooking Like a Pro, 4-part (Relax, Practice, Sense, Judge) year-long series, Edible San Francisco, 2014

  • The Dinner Files, dinner-centric blog, 2008-2014

  • Label Lingo, monthly column about what food labels really mean, Recipe.com, 2012-2014

  • Peak Experience (feature), Sunset magazine, December 2013

  • In Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, a Cooking Class Turns out to Be a real Turkey, Washington Post, 21 November 2013

  • Food in the Wild, 4-part (Crabs, Snails, Morels, Plums) year-long series, Edible San Francisco, 2013

  • Redwood Hill Farms, Culture magazine, Autumn 2012

  • Natural Snacks, grist.org, Nov 2012

  • Seasonal Cooking, 4-part (Shellfish, Meat, Fruits, Vegetables) year-long series, , Edible San Francisco, 2012

  • Too Many Melons, grist.org, August 2012

  • San Francisco Artisan Foods, TakePart.org, 2012

  • Bourdieu’s Food Space, Gastronomica.org, 2012

  • Nut Goodie, Put A Egg On It, spring 2012

Other Publications

  • The New York Times

  • Elle magazine

  • Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises (essay featured)

  • The Bigger the Better the Tighter the Sweater (essay featured)

  • weightwatchers.com

  • tastingtable.com

  • Afar.com

  • Over 100 articles while on staff at Sunset magazine

Honors and Awards

  • Best Food Writing 2015

  • Best Food Writing 2014

  • Best Food Writing 2013

  • Best Feature Story, Edible Communities, 2012

  • EatWrite! Fellowship, Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow, 2012

  • AIWC Fellowship, 2010

  • Gold Street Press Scholarship, 2008

  • Fulbright Foreign Scholarship (France)