Over the years I’ve written about a lot things I like (food, drinks, travel, cars, books, design, technology, and so on) for a lot of publications I like (Bon Appétit, Wired, Cookie, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, GQ, Details, Travel and Leisure, and so forth). I’ve been quoted here and there, including the New York Times, Wired, and Cookie, and have appeared on Martha Stewart Radio, The Absolutely Mindy Show, CNN, Who Will Be the Next Food Network Star, and Hell’s Kitchen. I’m co-author of The Gastrokid Cookbook: Feeding a Foodie Family in a Fast Food World. I’m also a magazine editor: I was Deputy Editor at Bon Appétit magazine for many years (and still write for it now and again) and am now Articles Editor at Playboy where I edit lifestyle coverage among other things. Here’s some of my work:
Playboy Service Packages If you’re not in the publishing biz, then you probably don’t know that a service package is magazine speak for a feature story made up of many components: photography, illustration, how-to tips, product reviews, and practical advice. Editing a service package is akin to being a producer or creative director: you come up with a concept, work with the art and photo departments to establish a certain look and feel, hire a writer to convey the information in the appropriate tone, and then put all the pieces together. At Playboy we get to push the limit a little bit. Here are a couple of tamer examples of what I’ve worked on:
Cracking the Bar Code A guide to making cocktails mining the wisdom of some of America’s best bartenders.
Being Bond Playboy was the first American magazine to publish the works of Ian Fleming. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise, and pegged to the release of Skyfall, we published this guide to an achievable Bond-like lifestyle.
Some pre-Playboy work The most recent incarnation of Bon Appétit publishes a lot of killer service packages. This guide to grilling steak is one I did for them.
Less is More on the Amalfi Coast (Bon Appétit Magazine) We took a family vacation on Italy’s Amalfi coast and I tried to replicate the feeling and flavors at home in a recipe for calamari pasta. Amalfi.
The Gastrokid Cookbook: Feeding a Foodie Family in a Fast Food World (John Wiley & Sons) I co-authored this book with my friend Matthew Yeomans. It’s based on our blog gastrokid.com and is in its second printing. You can order it on amazon here.
Tokyo, Cocktail Capital of the World (Bon Appétit Magazine) Not only was this just about the most fun travel story I’ve ever reported, it was included in the anthology, Best Food Writing 2009. Click the link to read: Tokyo, Cocktail Capital of the World
The Road to River Cottage (Bon Appétit Magazine) British ethical eating guru Hugh Fearnly Whittingstall is one of my heroes. I took my family to his headquarters in England to interview him. The Road to River Cottage
Floor Show (T: The New York Times Style Magazine) I miss my manual transmission. Here’s how much.
Take Back Your Car (Cookie Magazine) A story about how to dodge the minivan bullet, from the dearly departed Cookie, undoubtedly the finest parenting magazine in history. Take Back Your Car
Tusk to Tail Dining in Hawaii (Bon Appétit Magazine). I went wild boar hunting on the Big Island to kill my dinner for the first time. Wild Boar.
Spain: State of the Art (Bon Appétit Magazine) Back when everyone was going to Spain to gawk at foam and other delicious abominations, I wrote this story about anchovy-flavored chocolate and eating simple food with Ferran Adria. Spain
LA in the Raw (Bon Appétit Magazine) A report on the pinnacle of the Los Angeles sushi boom, before Masa decamped to the Time Warner center and The Hump shut down after being busted for selling whale meat. Sushi
Television, radio, commentary, QAs, internet appearances etc: Hell’s Kitchen, Who Will Be the Next Food Network Star, CNN International, CNN.com, Martha Stewart Radio, The Absolutely Mindy Show, The New York Times, ParentDish, LA Weekly Squidink