Some of my earliest memories revolve around markets.
My mother used to lead me down the aisles of the farmers’ market in an historic brick building in York, Pennsylvania. From a child’s point-of-view, the high wooden rafters and bright lighting felt like a movie set filled with characters: butchers, candy-makers, Mennonite farmers, and craftspeople. Pennsylvania Dutch specialties included apple dumplings, pickled red beet eggs, chicken corn soup, and chow-chow. Our basket filled quickly each week.
I still get excited going to markets. As a food and travel writer, I’m as interested in the food and flea markets abroad as I am of those in my home state of Massachusetts. I take equal pleasure from dining at gastronomic restaurants as I do in eating street food and picnicking, as long as the food is flavorful and seasonal. The more local, the better.
I share my enthusiasm for the French markets in my books Markets of Provence: Food, Antiques, Crafts, and More and Markets of Paris, 2nd ed.
As a featured expert in The New York Times Journeys program, I will be on their Flavors of Provence tour (June 11-18, 2017) and The American Table: Taste of the Hudson Valley tour (October 9-13, 2017). I’ll also be speaking at The New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City in January 2017.
My work has been featured in The New York Times, Travel with Rick Steves, GoNOMAD, The Telegraph, Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio, Rudy Maxa’s World, Library Journal, Afar, The Huffington Post, France Today, Edible, and House Beautiful. I have presented at the New York Public Library, 92nd Street Y, National Arts Club, American Embassy in Paris, French Cultural Center in Boston, International Culinary Center, and other venues. My blog was cited as one of the most “inspirational, must-read travel blogs” by France magazine.
I have a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Lesley University. I happily reside in Massachusetts, although I jump at every chance to travel.