I'm the Reader
's lead restaurant critic and have been a contributor here since 1995. I've also written about politics
, crime, film, health care
, and paleontology
, and have profiled a rainbow of urban eccentrics. My work has been published in in Harper's
, the Chicago Tribune
, the Chicago Sun-Times
, NPR's The Salt
, Plate, and Eater, and my story about outlaw charcuterie
appeared in Best Food Writing 2010
. My story "Chicken of the Trees,"
about eating city squirrels, won the James Beard Foundation's 2013 M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award.