Bonjour! I’m a journalist and novelist based in Washington, D.C. and Paris. I’m a regular contributor to New York Times Travel, and my articles have also appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue.com, Food52, The Kitchn, BonAppétit.com, The Best American Travel Writing 2017, The New York Times: Footsteps, and other publications.
My new novel, The Burgundy Diaries, is forthcoming from William Morrow / HarperCollins in June, 2018. I’ve also written a memoir, Mastering the Art of French Eating – which was an Amazon best book of 2013, 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 currently working on a French cookbook for the Instant Pot and other multifunctional electric pressure cookers, which will be published by St Martin’s Press. My books have been translated into eleven 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 live in Paris and Washington, D.C., but have called many other places home, including Orange County, California, New York City, 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.)