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.
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Brand, Content, Copywriting Clients
California Vistors' Guide
Great Places to Work
Bon Appetit Management Company
Lila B Design
Local Artisan Cafés
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
The New York Times
Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises (essay featured)
The Bigger the Better the Tighter the Sweater (essay featured)
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)