Bonjour! I’m a journalist and novelist based in New York and Paris. I’m a regular contributor to New York Times Travel, and my articles have also appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue.com, BonAppétit.com, TheKitchn.com, Washingtonian magazine, The Best American Travel Writing 2017, The New York Times: Footsteps, and other publications. I’ve also written two books – 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.” My books have been translated into nine 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 currently live in Paris and New York City, but have called many other places home, including Orange County, California, 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.)