I come from a long line of women who love eating. But being a wanderlusty and bookish sort, I also love researching my eats and seeking out intriguing chefs, recipes, restaurants and dishes in far-flung places, and then writing about them.
My obsession with food eventually led to a passion for wine by way of stints living in California, France and Italy. I became a certified sommelier and I’ve been writing about booze, too, for a while now. I’ve sipped (and spat) my way through wine and spirits regions all over the world — and spent an entire harvest season apprenticing with an esteemed winemaker in Piedmont, Italy.
I hit the road as often as possible in pursuit of new tastes and tastemakers—and fodder for writing. What turns me on most is exploring the intersections between food/wine/spirits and place and people, digging deeply into the culinary traditions that revolve around them and the cultures that create them.
But—full disclosure—my writing life isn't all tasting, tippling and traveling. I spend a lot of time sitting at a desk in my home office writing about other subjects, including health, which I’ve covered extensively for more than a decade.
Having turned out hundreds of articles on a wide range of health conditions, behavioral health and healthy lifestyle topics and written for multiple celebrity health experts, I know as much about what's recommended for managing diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, depression and dry skin as I do about which wine you should drink with your spicy stir-fry and which cocktail you should pair with your peanut butter cups.
I hold a BA in literature, writing, visual arts and—yes—carnival from Bennington College, an MFA in writing from Columbia University's School of the Arts, and am currently pursuing a Level 4 Diploma from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.
All photos on this site are original photos by Jen Laskey, unless otherwise noted.