NEW! My pawpaw recipe zine, The Pocket Pawpaw Cookbook, is available now. Order it here and get a head start planning for pawpaw season 2016.

A sausagetarian thrives on asking questions and unearthing answers.

I'm a chef, a writer, and a food librarian. I scour the pages of old cookbooks, the depths of funky databases, and the fertile brains of my culinary colleagues for the most useful and fascinating cooking information out there, and then I share it with you. Nothing makes me happier.

I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Since then I've stood facing the stoves of Martha Stewart Living magazine, showed off the granite melangeur at Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, and written for the North Bay Bohemian, The Oregonian, Saveur, MIX, and Section M. Currently, I'm the food editor for Paste Magazine.

Libraries are my second home. I've sharpened my research skills with seven years of work experience in public libraries, including the mighty Multnomah County Library in Portland. After stints in Oregon, New York, and California, I now live in my home state of Ohio, where I cook, write, and teach.