Previously a newspaper, magazine, and publishing company editor-in-chief, I became a full-time writing coach, author, and freelance editor in 1996. I coach writers across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia on writing and publishing books, freelance articles, and blogs. I also edit manuscripts for book publishers and individuals, and help people through the publishing process.

I am the author of Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More. The first edition won the Cordon D’Or International award for Best Literary Food Reference Book in 2005. The second edition won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in 2010 for best book in the USA in its category. I am also co-author of the cookbook Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas with chef Craig Priebe.

My blog covers food writing trends, issues, and technique. The New York Times, Publishers’ Weekly, Chow, Eater, BlogHer, have picked up my posts. I started the blog in 2009 as a way to update my book, which features an extensive chapter on food blogging.

I am a judge for the James Beard Foundation‘s annual cookbook awards, and for the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual cookbook awards. I’ve also been a judge for the Bert Greene Award for Food Journalism.

As a freelance writer, I have written feature articles for a variety of publications, from local to international. In 2013 I was named the Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence for the Stratford Chef’s School in Canada.

I am a speaker and teacher who travels around the world to teach and present.


Blog Policies


Product reviews: I sometimes review books of interest to my readers, particularly those that are literary or practical. I don’t review cookbooks or any other product.


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