I have not crawled under a rock, etc etc.

Hello. So I’ve been busy, I swear, and not just shopping for shoes. One: I am co-writing a book slated to come out this winter. Two: I have three articles coming out in national magazines this December. I will provide details when I can. Meantime, I hope your summer has been like this:

you & beer all summer, forever:

So the July issue of Players Club, Lenny Dykstra’s mag for pro athletes, should be arriving on the doorsteps of your favorite ballplayers, tennis players, and chess players with an article by yours truly. It’s all about pairing grilled food with fancy beer, a topic dear to my heart and, er, gut.

The story was a blast to put together; talking to a dude about beer is pretty much the easiest sort of interview to conduct.  I had the pleasure of chatting with Ben Wiley, co-owner of Bar Great Harry, Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s no 43 and Garrett Oliver of the Brooklyn Brewery. According to those guys (and to me, a fellow suds snob) if you’re not drinking Japan’s Hitachino Nest White ale all summer long, you’re nuts. The 22 ounce bottle, which is gorgeously designed, pours quite the frothy Belgian-style white ale loaded with flavor: Coriander, citrus, spice, you name it, it’s there. It’s lightly cloudy but eminently more interesting than your average German wheat beer or sugary Belgian ale—it’s light, and it opens up even more as the chill wears off. I threw a bit of lemon peel in mine, though orange would work beautifully, to bring out the citrus-y elements. It’s a natural match for grilled salmon.

I’ll stop waxing so brewtastic now. But check it out before—to quote Homer Simpson—the government takes it away from us.

here we go, then.

Thanks for visiting! I’m a New York-based writer, editor and content strategist specializing in food, travel, culture and spirits.

A former Yahoo Food Features Editor, Senior Research Editor for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, staff Food Writer for Time Out New York, and Editor at Da Capo Press, I have written for The Washington Post, Gourmet, New York Magazine, The Daily BeastInStyleBon AppétitSalon, Food & Wine, Real SimpleMen’s Health,  Grub Street, Martha Stewart Weddings, MyRecipes, and Everyday Food, among others. I write and edit cookbooks (Phaidon; Melville House) and advise on content strategy for companies including Panna, Pylon AI and Food Republic.

The videos I hosted, wrote and produced for CHOW, which aired 12 times weekly on NY1, were nominated for an International Association of Culinary Professionals award for best Televised Culinary Series in 2012. In 2009 I spent six months as Blog Editor of Slashfood, and co-authored the original edition of Clean Plates NYC, a restaurant guide. I’ve also done some copywriting for companies including Gilt Taste and American Express Custom Publishing.

I love meeting new people, and I’m always happy to chat about food, travel, strategy, culture, spirits, and media of any stripe.(You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram, too.) Here are a few favorite clips:

The Washington Post:  A feature on topics close to my heart: cooking, feminism, and personal freedom. (It’s also a profile of the talented writer Tamar Adler.)

Gourmet: Some weekends you catch a film or make a nice bowl of soup, and other weekends you walk 32 miles under the I-5 freeway with a dinner table strapped to your back. (Click here.)

The Washington Post: I was curious as to whether the madly hyped Instant Pot could triumph over my Dutch oven in a side-by-side taste test, so I wrote a lengthy cover feature story for the Food section of this great publication.

The Daily Beast: I largely write cocktail articles for this site, but was really proud of this piece about my family, Long Island, and a one-legged Thanksgiving turkey caper.

CHOW/ NY1: The New York CHOW Report, an (award-nominated!) weekly segment I wrote, hosted and produced for CHOW.com, aired 12 times weekly on NY1 from 2010 through 2011. Check it out!

MyRecipes: I wrote a thrice-weekly home cooking column for this huge site all through 2017, and had so much fun with it.

The Kitchn: A 2,000-word reported essay on the state of our protein obsession.

Bon Appétit: My many BonAppétit.com pieces include 10 Weekender travel guides to cities including Boston and Seattle.

Salon: How Gourmet was for the young and the scrappy, too.

Yahoo Food: Why we need to cook for the sick and heartbroken.

Grub Street: Easter egg hunting gone wild, the Anthony Bourdain brand, and some thoughts on crack pie.

Time Out: I interview former New York Times food critic Ruth Reichl and ask whether her hobbies include the WWF. Sort of. A primer on Gotham’s wonderful ramen, and how to use cocktails to salve holiday woes.

InStyle: My features about Hugh Acheson, Katie Lee Joel, Giada De Laurentiis, Chace Crawford and Blair Underwood are available as PDFs upon request.

Metromix: Oenophile Ron Ciavolino knows more about wine—and life—than you do, and here elaborates.

Contact: If you want to discuss an assignment or full-time opportunity, or simply wish to say hello, please leave a comment (or email grublover AT gee mail dot com). Comments are vetted before posting. (NB: I don’t accept free meals in exchange for coverage, nor do I take press trips.) Thanks!