devon house

Me at home in Jamaica

About that Life…

Yeah right.

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/archivist, and independent food historian. I am also the founder of Roots Cuisine, which is slowly becoming a foodways library portal, which will soon be the online home of the physical foodways library I am building.
Anyway, 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 (think Crooklyn but, of course, not in Brooklyn and without the glue sniffers at least none that I know of). I really love it. (Harlem, baby!)

I write about food. I research it, and I’m a librarian and archivist 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.