I am a freelance writer, editor, and sometime cheesemonger in the Bay Area where I take on all sorts of odd jobs. (Past odd jobs have included cocktail trivia, VAMPIRE trivia, writing and building a library of cheese, and rewriting translations of Japanese culinary manga.) However, my most recent gigs have me juggling motherhood with authorship (authorhood?). That's right, just like everyone else you know, I'm writing a book.
See, I was a very picky eater for most of my life. At 27, I basically ate no vegetables. But then something weird happened. Bite by bite, I started to banish my old food hates. I became obsessed with cooking shows and cookbooks. I went to culinary school. I became a food writer, editor, and cheesemonger, and worked on a Jacques Pépin cooking show...in short, I made a living out of loving food.
However, I never forgot my picky roots, and the more food I ate, the more intrigued I became about why I was once a picky eater and how that all changed so dramatically.
Due out in July 2012 from Perigee Books, Suffering Succotash: A Picky Eater's Quest To Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate has it all: wild theories, genetics, romance, sword swallowers, recipes, and Biblical plagues.
I've written for CHOW, KQED Bay Area Bites, MSNBC.com, was an original recapper at Television Without Pity, and a contributing pop culture editor at BlogHer, and also worked on a line of cookbooks for William-Sonoma. I'm also a tireless partner in the Bunkler Snacketology Clinic with Sarah D. Bunting. So far, we've bracketed cheese, ice cream, cocktails, candy, and annoying things about Christmas. We're working on a doozy of a one now that's sure to rub a lot of people the wrong way. As well as draw some boos and hisses.
If you want to follow me on Twitter, I'm @grubreport over there, and my GoodReads author page can be found here. Email me at SVWL22 at gmail dot com.