I’m an independent scholar, writer, editor, and coach. But mainly I’m a big ideas person who likes to help others think more deeply, write more intelligently, and engage more meaningfully. 

While finishing my Ph.D. dissertation on food, literature, and culture at the University of Chicago, I realized I wanted to do more to connect the brilliant work happening inside academia with the wider world.

So I launched one of the first woman-hosted podcasts in 2005. Eat Feed won the first ever Podcast of the Year award at the Portable Media Expo as well an engagement grant from the University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing. The Boston Globe singled it out for its “delightfully food-geeky segments." The Saveur 100 called it the "finest way to take your food on the road.”  (The programs are now archived at iTunes.) 

Then I wrote a cookbook, Eat Feed Autumn Winter -- named one of Epicurious' Best Food Books

Since then, I’ve written about food & culture and arts & literature for Saveur, the Washington Post, Cultures and Cuisines, and The Kitchn. For #shakespeare400, I created a week-long series on Shakespeare and food at NPR. And I’ve appeared on BBC and NPR radio, PBS-UNCTV, Australia’s ABC, and Martha Stewart Living radio to talk about how everything from why food rituals tell us who we are to how to engage audiences with new media.

I have twenty years teaching and mentoring experience at the University of Chicago, University of Pittsburgh, Duke University, University of East Anglia, University of Pennsylvania’s Continuing Education, and Johns Hopkins’ Summer Programs' Center for Talented Youth. Now I use that experience (and the personal and emotional hurdles I’ve overcome along the way) to help others do more of the writing they love

I'm an American expat in Norwich UK, "City of Literature," and explain a little of why in my food and memory story.