I write about food, the environment, and the intersection of the two. My work has appeared in The New York Times, Outside, Harper’s, Eating Well, and elsewhere, and has been collected in Best Food Writing 2011, 2012, and 2013. In addition to the James Beard Award-winning A Geography of Oysters, I’m the author of Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honeybee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis and The Living Shore: Rediscovering a Lost World. My 2010 book American Terroir was named one of the top ten books of the year by Library Journal, and my newest book, Shadows on the Gulf, explores the impact of Big Oil on the Gulf Coasts’s wetlands and oyster reefs. I spend a lot of time traveling North America, sampling its oysters, and leading “Taste the Terroir” events and wine pairings. When not on the road, I live in Vermont, where the oysters really suck.

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