About that Life…
That’s me in Kingston, Jamaica on a 2010 research trip. The house, in central Kingston where my dreams of “that life” begin, is Devon House.
In reality, I am a New York-based writer, librarian, editor, independent food historian, and the founder of Roots Cuisine. I live in a decidedly less awesome pad but on a great street that’s like something out of a movie. My neighbors are wonderful and feed the fantasies of lively NYC neighborhoods that I grew up with. I love it in spite of my endless battle with mice and moderately crazy landlady. (Harlem, baby!)
I write about food. I research it, and I’m a librarian with subject matter expertise in foodways and food history. I have special interests in African Diaspora, African, and Middle Eastern culinary traditions but I’m globally inclined.
My focus in libraries is on special collections, collection development, and reference. You might guess that my specialization, even in library work, is food.
Want to learn how I became involved in food? Read my first article here, which was published in Gastronomica, in 2007.
Want to know about my library interests? Check out my reflections on library school, internships, trends, conferences at The Gastrolibrarian, which is my blog. There will likely be some reflections on writing and probably other things too.
To know more about all the stuff I’ve done past and present, go to the “What I Do” section of this site.