I’m a writer and editor, and for nearly a decade have worked as assistant / gatekeeper / lieutenant to author, TV host and producer Anthony Bourdain. I’ve written for the New York Times, GQ, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Saveur, Dissent, Roads & Kingdoms, and others. In 1996, I earned my bachelor’s degree at Cornell University, after which I moved to New York, dicked around for a few years, then completed the professional training program at the French Culinary Institute (now known as the International Culinary Center), where chef Pascal Béric gave the single best piece of advice I’ve ever received: “Don’t freak out! Freaking out is not gonna help.”
I’ve been a private cook, nanny, caterer, freelance writer, busgirl, copywriter, farm hand, video store clerk and an editor at Art Culinaire and Wine Spectator. I have helped out behind the scenes on a handful of food and travel books, with varying degrees of effort and credit. In 2016, ECCO published Appetites: A Cookbook, which I co-authored with Anthony Bourdain. I still live in New York, and always will.