Born in Boston and raised in Berkeley, I am a writer and the author of Comfort Me with Offal: Ruth Bourdain’s Guide to Gastronomy and Eatymology: The Dictionary of Modern Gastronomy.
After keeping my identity secret for three years, I revealed myself to the New York Times in 2013 as the man behind the mystery of “Ruth Bourdain” (@ruthbourdain), the satirical Twitter mashup of food luminaries Anthony Bourdain and Ruth Reichl. I won a James Beard Award for the character – the first Beard Award for humor – in 2011.
Before becoming Ruth Bourdain, I was the founder and editor of The Food Section, a pioneering food blog about the world of food, from home cooking to restaurants, culinary travel, photography, history, books, or food politics. Gourmet magazine called it “the consummate gastronomic blog,” and Food & Wine magazine named me a “Tastemaker.” Bon Appetit, Time, the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and USA Today are among the many magazines and newspapers that praised The Food Section.
As a freelance journalist, my articles on food and travel have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Olive magazine (BBC), and Time Out New York.
In addition to writing books and articles mostly about food, I have more than 20 years of experience working in communications and publications, with a focus on non-profit organizations. At the Hospital for Special Surgery, I was Director of Communications and responsible for overseeing all print publications — from annual reports to marketing materials, brochures, and newsletters. At the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA), a refugee resettlement agency, I wrote The Lamp Beside the Golden Door, a book chronicling the history of NYANA for the organization’s 50th anniversary. As a freelance communications consultant, I have contributed to publications for Hunter College, Continuum Health Partners, and Long Island College Hospital. For the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, I was a consulting editor on a book of memoirs of Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.
I have a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.