I’m an American writer based in Paris and Hanoi, Vietnam, where my husband is on a diplomatic assignment. My articles on food and travel have appeared in the New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, the Washington Post, Vogue.com, Food52, BonAppétit.com, Best American Travel Writing 2017, Washingtonian magazine, and other publications. To read some of my recent work, take a look at my clips here.
My new novel, The Lost Vintage, is a USA Today bestseller and Indie Next pick. I’ve also written a memoir, Mastering the Art of French Eating – which was an Amazon editors’ pick, and winner of the Elle readers prize – and a novel, Kitchen Chinese, which Publishers Weekly called “a great start for a writer with much promise.” I’m also the author of Instantly French, a French cookbook for the Instant Pot and other multifunctional electric pressure cookers. My books have been translated into over twelve languages.
As the recipient of a James Beard Foundation culinary scholarship, I studied in Bologna, Italy, an experience that forged a love of lasagne with béchamel sauce, and prohibitively expensive balsamic vinegar. I have also earned the Level 2 Award in Wine & Spirits with distinction from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET).
I was born in Orange County, California and after graduating from UCLA, I moved to New York City where I worked as a book editor. I currently live in Paris and Hanoi, Vietnam, and have called many other places home, including Washington, D.C. and Beijing, China. My husband’s diplomatic career brings frequent international moves, as well as lots of fresh material (and occasional angst) to write about, and we always have another relocation on the horizon.
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