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Dani Colombatto

Dani Colombatto is a freelance recipe developer, food stylist and photographer. She grew up between San Diego and Orange County with a lovely Northern Italian and Portuguese family who cooked like it was their job (it was not) before relocating to Austin in 2017. Dani began her experience as a recipe developer and stylist in 2013, shaking up cocktails on Instagram for some delicious, boozy brands that eventually started calling for a little something to eat, too. Nowadays, you can find her in the kitchen dreaming up, styling and shooting recipes and campaigns for clients as well as for her website, Dani Goes South, where she chronicles most of her current happenings.


Sumaiya Malik

Sumaiya co-founded AADI (Austin Arts and Drama Initiative) which brings movies, music and art to Austin. She was selected to be on the Community Advisory Board of KLRU, a local public television station, and writes for the Austin South-Asian, a local monthly newspaper. Her freelance work has also appeared frequently in the Austin-American Statesman and the Austin Chronicle.

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Abby Love

Abby Love is an Austin baker and the owner of L’Oven Breads, through which she sells her own products and teaches baking classes. Abby’s work uses slow-fermentation processes and heritage grains to bring flavor and nutrition back to her local-baking community. You can learn more about L’Oven and contact Abby at lovenbread.com


Vivé Griffith

Vivé Griffith is a writer, educator and taker of long walks. Find her at vivegriffith.com

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Casey Woods

Casey Woods is an Austin, TX based interiors and lifestyle photographer. She has been living and working in this area for the last twenty years, as well as travling the world, making photos. She is a storyteller by heart.

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Valerie Broussard

A Louisiana native, Valerie Broussard spent 11 years in New York City as a chef, food stylist and writer. She then completed an MA in Food Culture and Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. After moving to Austin, she worked at Barr Mansion as Organic Food Coordinator; became Starwood’s first Forager at W Austin Hotel; then formed V. Broussard Consulting in 2014. She currently serves as Director of Purchasing at Arrive East Austin. She volunteers as Slow Food Austin’s Biodiversity Chair and is a member of the Austin chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier.

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Sarah J. Nielsen

Sarah J. Nielsen lives in an historic, sustainable home in Central Texas farm country with her daughter and two dogs. She teaches English when she isn’t writing, gardening or playing with textiles.


Michele Jacobson

Michele Jacobson is a food writer, certified nutritionist and GMO-labeling advocate. Find out more at michelejacobsonnutrition.com

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Claudia Alarcón

Claudia Alarcón was born and raised in Mexico City in the mostly happy home of a lower-middle class family. From her parents, she inherited a passion for home-cooking, fine food and wine, learning to cook from her mother—a fantastic and resourceful cook—as soon as she was old enough to reach the stove. After moving to Austin in 1984, she dove into the service industry. She received her bachelor’s degree with honors in Anthropology with a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas, and is an independent researcher on gastronomy and foodways. She’s been writing professionally since 2000, and is currently working on gastronomic tours of Mexico City through her company, CuisineXplorers.


Melanie Grizzel

American photographer, Melanie Grizzel is a lifestyle, portrait, people on location and food photographer. She loves cooking, traveling, trying new things and a good pint, and has been photographing professionally since 1995. Some of her clients: Maxwell House, Kodak, Bank of America, Forbes, Marie Claire, New York Times, People Magazine and Texas Monthly, among others.


Bambi Edlund

Bambi Edlund draws, designs, writes and makes a mean guacamole in Vancouver, B.C.


Lucinda Hutson

Celebrated author, cook and gardener Lucinda Hutson is the author of The Herb Garden Cookbook and Tequila!
Lucinda writes for many magazines, hosts PBS tours of her legendary house and gardens, and lectures across the country.



Knoxy is a native Texan who landed in Austin 10 years ago to study English literature and Spanish language at U.T. Two degrees, having nothing to do with photography, later Knoxy decided to hang them all, and pursue the glamorous life of a freelance artist. A life-long foodie, Knoxy found her true calling in food photography and styling. knoxphotographics.com



Dustin Meyer

Dustin Meyer is a native Austinite and an avid lover of local Austin foods and wines. Graduating with a degree in Photography from St. Edward's University, Dustin provides custom portrait and wedding photography for Central Texas and across the country. Dustin operates his studio near the Bull Creek Preserve and resides with his wife and daughter.


Kate Payne

Kate Payne is an author and freelance writer, and a frequent consultant for design, decorating, cooking, and crafting publications and sites. She lives in Austin and teaches writing workshops and classes on home food preservation and other food-based instruction both privately and at culinary centers locally and across the country. Her first book Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking (HarperCollins, 2011) is available wherever books are sold; her second book, Hip Girl's Guide to the Kitchen will be available from HarperCollins in April 2014.


Andy Sams

Andy Sams is a photographer, musician, runner, adventurer and food lover living in Austin, Texas. He collaborates on a food/culture blog at: austinbythehorns.blogspot.com. Check out more of his photography at andysams.com.


Jo Ann Santangelo

Jo Ann Santangelo is a multimedia photographer and visual storyteller who documents everyday life in hidden and marginalized communities. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Guardian, Mother Jones, Food and Wine and in numerous international publications. She graduated from The International Center of Photography's documentary photography and photojournalism program. Jo Ann resides in Austin, Texas where she continues to work as freelance photographer and collaborates with local and national non profit organizations to tell their stories.


Kristi Willis

A creative and passionate writer, Kristi shares her enthusiasm for fresh, local food through her blogs Ditch the Box and Kristi's Farm to Table. Using her 15 years of coaching and training experience, she helps people Ditch the Box and transition to a diet of real, fresh food by making a series of small changes. Through Kristi's Farm to Table, Kristi celebrates the local food scene in Central Texas, and other cities around the country, by exploring farmers markets, food artisans and restaurants who work with local farms.


Kendall Antonelli

Kendall Antonelli spends her time eating and talking in Austin. When she’s not behind a cheese case or in front of a cheese platter, Kendall is often presenting on the perks—and challenges—of entrepreneurship. Her best eating partners are husband John, spirited kids Everett and Elia, and rescue labs Lucky Day and Luna Loca.


Amy McCullough

Amy McCullough is an Austin-based writer and editor, and author of the adventure memoir, “The Box Wine Sailors.” An Illinois native, she came to Austin by way of the Pacific Northwest, where she served as music editor of Willamette Week, Portland, Oregon’s Pulitzer Prize–winning alt-weekly newspaper. Amy has also written for SAIL magazine, Eugene Weekly and Loyola magazine and is currently the editor of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Wildflower magazine. She’s a dedicated geography nerd who’s endlessly fascinated with place and how plants, food, music, booze and language play their parts in making it.


Adam Boles

Adam Boles holds an MFA in creative writing from Florida State University, and his work has appeared in The Daily Meal, CultureMap Austin and elsewhere. He’s worked for more than two decades in upscale restaurants and bars around the country. He is the owner and proprietor of Sauce Culinary Travel, a full-service boutique travel-planning company with a focus on epicurean destinations for groups and individuals. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson is a food writer, photographer and stylist based in Austin, Texas. She has worked with publications such as Cooking Light, Bon Appétit and Mr. Food Test Kitchen. She currently blogs at StupidGoodRachel.com and is a very competitive Instagrammer.

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Stephanie McClenny

Stephanie McClenny is the founder of the small-jam company, Confituras—winner of Edible Austin’s Local Hero awards in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018, the national Good Food Awards in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, and a Southern Living Food Award in 2016. McClenny has recently opened a brick and mortar community kitchen and shop in South Austin called Confituras Little Kitchen, which churns out seasonal jams and biscuits made with locally milled, heritage grains and offers an incubator mentorship program for women starting out in the food business.

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Lindsay Stafford Mader

Lindsay Stafford Mader is a freelance writer, editor, and journalist in Austin. Her investigative reporting, essays, profiles, and other stories have appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Austin American-Statesman,  the Texas Bar Journal, Austin Woman, the Tico Times, and the Journal of the American Botanical Council. She grew up on a ranch in Central Texas, studied journalism in Austin, blogged about living in a tree house in Costa Rica, and then returned home to Texas where she is a reluctant although usually happy city slicker who writes about animals, plants, people, criminal justice, and Texas culture. 

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Kathleen Thornberry

Kathleen Thornberry spent the ’80s touring the country with her rock band Glass Eye, the ’90s getting a culinary education at the former Castle Hill Cafe and has been a staff food writer at the Austin Chronicle for nearly a decade.


Carole Topalian

Widely recognized for her work as a professional photographer and creative director, Carole Topalian, is also cofounder of Edible Communities®, Inc., where she shares her considerable talents with members nationwide. When she's not behind her tripod, she can be found riding America's bike trails. Check out her photography at topalianphoto.com.


MM Pack

MM Pack is a freelance food writer, food stylist and private chef who divides her time between Austin and San Francisco. She's contributed to various regional publications as well as Scribner's Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, Culinary Biographies, San Francisco Chronicle, Food History News, and Cornbread Nation 1: Best of Southern Food Writing.



Elizabeth Winslow

Elizabeth Winslow has been a committed locavore in Austin since "evacuating" here from East Texas in 2005. A former chef and seasoned forager, she is a partner in Farmhouse Delivery (farmhousedelivery.com), an all-local grocery delivery service, and loves bringing the bounty of local farms to happy people in Austin.


Marc Brown

Marc Brown is an Austin based photographer and filmmaker whose broad range of work includes live performance photography, studio portraiture, weddings, music videos, and commercials. He has been active in the Austin scene for the past 10 years. Learn more at digitalegacy.com.


Russell Kane

Russell Kane is a wine writer and blogger at vintagetexas.com, a certified Texas master naturalist and divides his time between Houston and the Texas Hill Country. He is the author of two books on Texas wine, “The Wineslinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine,” and “Texas Hill Country Wineries.”


Jeremy Walther

Jeremy Walther is the owner of BioGardener (bio- gardener.com), a non-traditional landscaping and gardening company that uses holistic approaches to protect and conserve Central Texas natural resources. Jeremy received his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University.


Alex Canepa

Alex serves as the Research Director for the National Farmers Market Coalition (FMC). Before FMC, Alex worked on agriculture and food policy for the non-partisan Texas Senate Research Center. He has also worked as a graduate researcher at the University of Oxford’s Future of Food Program where he researched the intersection of agricultural economics and public health. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity College Dublin. Alex lives in Austin, Texas and raises ducks.


Kat Duende

Kat Duende is an 11-year-old student at Kealing Middle School and an entrepreneur chef. She really loves writing and baking and reading. She has a strange obsession with anime and considers herself a Hamilton geek. She hopes to go to the Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) for high school someday.


Dan Hardick

Dan Hardick has been binge eating and drinking his way around Austin since the early eighties. He currently pays for his excess by holding down a day gig writing the Austin Chronicle’s “Luv Doc” column and a night gig fronting the award-winning Austin country band Fingerpistol.

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Clay Coppedge

Clay Coppedge has worked for newspapers in Central Texas as a sportswriter, feature writer, and reporter. His work has appeared in Acres USA, Country World,  Field & Stream, Progressive Farmer, Texas Fisherman,  Texas Co-op Power, Texas Highways and other publications. He’s also written three books of Texana for History Press and Loaded South: A Taxi Memoir. He lives and works just outside of Walburg, Texas.


Sandy Wilson

Sandy Wilson is a Texas photographer whose work ranges from the boardroom to the barn. A long time ASMP member and corporate photographer, she has been featured in Working Cowboys with artist Mark Kohler, and in Texas photography exhibits. Her personal photos of the West stand to remind many Texans of a not so distant personal past. Sandy regularly travels to France to photograph its people and places and lives in Houston with her husband. She enjoys cooking, carpentry, gardening and travel.


Lisa Fain

Lisa Fain is writer and photographer who was born and raised in Texas, but now hangs her hat in New York City. To keep in touch with her roots she writes the food blog, Homesick Texan, homesicktex.com.


Terry Thompson-Anderson

Terry Thompson-Anderson is a professional chef, cookbook author, culinary instructor and restaurant consultant. She has written four cookbooks and numerous articles for various publications. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Southern Foodways Alliance and Les Dames d'Escoffier International.

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Robyn Ross

Robyn Ross is an Austin-based writer who grew up in the Texas Hill Country. Her work has appeared in Texas Monthly, The Texas Observer and the New York Times.


Kelly Yandell

Kelly Yandell is a Dallas based writer, photographer and home cook. She is a wife and a mother and writes the blog, The Meaning of Pie. A graduate of Southern Methodist University and The University of Texas School of Law, Kelly enjoys writing about the foods that connect us to one another. Her writing and photography have appeared in Edible Dallas & Fort Worth and Edible Austin. She was a 2012 Eddy Award Finalist for the category of Best Editorial: Political or Social Issue.

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Christine Whalen

Christine Whalen is a writer and editor who searches out seasonal, local foods in Austin and wherever she travels. She is the copy editor of Edible Austin and blogs about food and writing at beansandletters.blogspot.com.


Hillary Weber-Gale

Hillary Weber-Gale is a designer, illustrator, and avid home-baker who landed in Austin after spending the better part of a decade working in the design world in New York City. A creative problem solver, she's been drawing since she was a toddler and recently opened h.creative in order to bring great design to clients in need of attention-grabbing, beautiful work. She is also Creative Director for AthleticFoodie, a lifestyle brand focused on changing the way Americans interact with food, bringing delicious, fit, and healthy under one roof. wearehcreative.com


Ellen Sweets

Ellen Sweets wrote about food for the Dallas Morning News, Neiman Marcus and the Denver Post before moving to Austin last summer. Her love of eating well originated with her parents who always shopped at farmers markets. A much-loved food memory involves picking peaches in the afternoon then making peach ice cream at night on the back porch of the family home.


Rebecca Saltsman

Rebecca Saltsman hails from Southern California and grew up surrounded by good food and amazing local produce. She left California to teach English abroad for two years and subsequently moved to Austin to obtain her MSW from the University of Texas. After graduating with a concentration in Community Organizing and Nonprofit Management, Rebecca has since made it her mission to combine her education and experiences with a passion for cooking, an avid interest in the culture of food and a desire to create an active and healthy community. Find her blog at saltskitchen.net


Laura Cottam Sajbel

Laura Cottam Sajbel has published articles, essays and poetry for more than 20 years and coordinated the Young Writers' Workshop at Travis Heights Elementary for the past six. She is currently writing Buoyant, a biography of Wella Peirsol Hartig, who stumbled into the healing power of exercise and guided her children to Olympic contention.


Allison Reyna

Allison Reyna is a holistic nutritionist and owner of Cheer Up Buttercups, a locally owned business that supports moms and families during a child’s early years.


John Pozdro

John Pozdro is keeping his day job as a programmer, but is an avid photographer who loves collaborating on creative projects. He recently contributed the folk art and drink photography for ¡Viva Tequila!, Lucinda Hutson's upcoming book from University of Texas Press.


Shannon Oelrich

Shannon Oelrich is a freelance writer and a stay-at-home mom. Originally from San Antonio, she moved to Austin in 1998 to pursue a master's in English. She was the food editor for Texas Co-op Power magazine for five years, and while there, compiled and edited two archival cookbooks. She now lives in Pflugerville and is the food editor for LiveMom.com.


Veronica Meewes

Veronica Meewes graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in NY, where she studied writing, art, and sociology. She works for a local non-profit by day and moonlights as a freelance writer, specializing in food and beverage. She currently writes most regularly for the Austin-American Statesman, Edible Austin, and Bites, The Today Show's food website. For more updates, follow her on Twitter @wellfedlife and visit her blog at mywellfedlife.blogspot.com


Laura MicKissack

Laura McKissack is a blogger and foodie who's been gardening organically for six years. She volunteers for Sustainable Food Center, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Central Market Cooking School. She is also an assistant at the Natural Gardener and works at Botticell's South Congress part-time to get her foodie fix. Visit her blog atjunebugsoup.blogspot.com for recipes, photos and reporting on food events around town.


Cari Marshall

Cari Marshall received her BS in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and has written about art, travel and culture for publications including the Austin Chronicle and the Texas Monthly website. She is lives in an old Austin bungalow with husband Eric and beet-loving daughter Chloe.


Layne Victoria Lynch

As an avid local foodie and culinary writer, Layne Lynch relishes the works of Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl, Michael Pollan and Amanda Hesser. She is a recent journalism graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently works as an assistant editor at Texas Banking magazine. As a freelance food writer, she has written for the Austin American- Statesman, Eater Austin, Texas Monthly, Food Network Magazine and The Daily Texan.


Jim Long

Jim Long is the author of Easy Homemade Crackers Using Herbs. Find additional recipes and information about growing and using herbs at longcreekherbs.com and at Long's gardening blog, jimlongsgarden.blogspot.com.


Nicole Lessin

Nicole Lessin is a freelance journalist, community gardener and mother of two living in Austin. Before moving to the area in 2007, she worked as a staff writer for the San Antonio Express-News and as an interviewer for the Hundreds of Heads Survival Guides series.


Susan Leibrock

Susan Leibrock is SFC's Community Relations Director. A third-generation UT grad, Susan lived in New York City from 2000–2007 working in the restaurant industry and the flagship office of J. Walter Thompson (JWT). She can be found at Austin Farmers' Market and cakeaustin.com.


Elise Krentzel

Elise Krentzel, native New Yorker and veteran journalist and author was former publisher of Bopp Guides, Europe's first content driven travel CD-ROM series. She authored the Explorer travel book series to Amsterdam contributing the dining out, travel & education sections. She's been widely published in Asia & Europe where she spent 28 years of her life.


Susan Kalergis

Susan is a documentary photographer specializing in wedding, portrait, event and landscape photography. She combines technical knowledge, intuition and her artistic senses in all her photography assignments. Susan's passion about her profession, coupled with her eye for the moment, gives you inspired, fun and beautiful photographs. sbkphoto.com


Shelby Johnson

Shelby Johnson was valedictorian of her graduating class at St. Francis School. She now attends Bowie High School.


Holly Henderson

Photographer Holly Henderson's lifelong passion for photography brought her from the piney woods of East Texas to New York City and then home again. After working with for Annie Leibovitz, Henderson photographed food and wine for the New York Times before settling in Austin in 2010 where she continues her visual quests in culinary culture, travel, and portraiture.


Sam Hurt

Sam Hurt, is the creator of the comic strips Eyebeam and Queen of the Universe. Sam's current focus is painting. His work can be found year round at Avenue Gallery (1501 S. Congress Ave) and online at samhurt.com.


Lucy Engelman

Lucy Engelman is a freelance illustrator residing in Northfield, IL where she longs for the Texan life in Austin. Her passion and appreciation for delicious food is fed on a regular basis by the aspiring chefs that are her sisters. She credits her inspiration to her chickens, terriers, rabbit and the outdoors. To see more of her work visit lucyengelman.com


Jessica Dupuy

Jessica Dupuy is a freelance writer who has written for National Geographic Traveler, Imbibe, The Hollywood Reporter, Texas Monthly, Texas Highways, Edible Austin, Fodor's Travel Publications and a number of Austin publications. She has also written Uchi: The Cookbook, about one of the nation's most renowned sushi restaurants, with Executive Chef Tyson Cole and is writing the Salt Lick Cookbook, on the iconic Texas barbecue restaurant, which will be released next fall. To read more from Jessica Dupuy, visit jessicadupuy.com.

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Rachel Cooper

Rachel Cooper has been an Austinite for eleven years and doubts she could make it through another Chicago winter. She loves travel, good food and true crime books, and is always looking for a way to mix these three together in her daily life.


Alabel Chapin

Alabel Chapin loves to paint, play the violin, dance, write poetry and swim in ponds. She is a student at the Girls' School of Austin. She loves her bed, pets and family.


Sarah Bird

Sarah Bird is a columnist for Texas Monthly and the author of seven novels. Her upcoming comic novel is set in Austin and entitled How Perfect Is That.


Andrea Bearce

After earning a degree in broadcast journalism, Andrea Bearce co-created a Fort Worth food and dining magazine. She attended the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan, then became the pastry chef at FINO and ASTI in Austin. Andrea now works as a freelance writer and volunteers for several local food nonprofits.


Dorsey Barger

Dorsey Barger runs HausBar Farms, an eco-friendly urban farm in East Austin, with her partner Susan. They produce eggs, chicken, and vegetables to Austin restaurants. The farm is also home to donkeys, goats, rabbits and geese.


Whitney Arostegui

Whitney Arostegui is a freelance photographer in Austin, Texas who has also worked in New York, London, Paris, and Florence. She focuses primarily on food and travel photography, but has also done weddings and portraits. View her work at:whitneyarostegui.com


Paula Angerstein

Paula Angerstein is the founder of Paula's Texas Spirits, maker of Paula's Texas Orange and Lemon liqueurs, products that sprung from her love of making things from scratch and making people happy. There's a good chance there's a party going on at Paula's as you read this.


Bill Albrecht

Bill Albrecht has been doing photography for national and local clients for more than 20 years. He lives with with his wife, Lisa, and three kids in Blanco County after moving from Austin seven years ago. Learn more about Bill at albrechtphoto.com.


Helen Cordes

Helen Cordes has written and edited for many publications including Utne Reader, Mother Jones, The Nation, Sierra, Parenting, E and others. Growing up on a wheat farm, she ate from a big family garden and wishes that on everyone.



Todd Duplechan

Todd Duplechan is a chef who has worked in restaurants across the country for the past 12 years. He started his career as a sushi apprentice, where he learned to appreciate Japanese culture and knives. He moved to Austin with his wife in April 2007.


Carol Dawson

Carol is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, including The Mother-in-Law Diaries, and an award-winning nonfiction book about the history of Luby's Cafeteria. In addition to writing books, as well as for magazines and newspapers, she teaches writing courses and workshops and has served as a visiting professor and writer-in-residence at the College of Santa Fe. She is also a painter and shows professionally in three galleries, including the Wally Workman Gallery in Austin. 


Max Elliott

Max is the co-founder and currently co-directs YouthLaunch's Urban Roots farm program, where he teaches teenage youth the fine art of thinning carrots & beets. He's had his hands in the soil, hustling on organic farms for the past twelve years. He loves harvesting okra and will challenge anyone to a race.


Samuel Fromartz

Samuel Fromartz is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and the author of Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew. He blogs at chewswise.com.


Spike Gillespie

Spike Gillespie is the author of six books. She blogs for JetBlue austin.jetblue.com and her own enjoyment spikeg.com.


Jesse Griffiths

Jesse Griffiths is the chef/co-owner of Dai Due Supper Club and Butcher Shop with his wife Tamara Mayfield. He enjoys obtaining his own food, as long as it's trying to get away from him. Aside from hunting and fishing, they maintain a small gardenand a few chickens on the East Side and pretty much eating or planning meals most of the time. Learn more at daidueaustin.com.


Jan Heaton

Jan Heaton is an abstract watercolor artist who calls Austin home. Jan's watercolors offer a personal view point that celebrates nature and then abstractly reaches beyond the obvious. On September 12, 2009 Jan's seventh solo show will open at Wally Workman Gallery - Austin. Additional info on Jan's artwork at janheaton.com


Terrence Henry

Terrence Henry is a writer and cook living in Austin. His writing has appeared in the Atlantic, the Washington Post and National Journal. His cooking has appeared at Franklin Barbecue, Bola Pizza and the occasional secret supper club.


Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower is a syndicated columnist, national radio commentator, publisher of The Hightower Lowdown newsletter, and the New York Times bestselling author of Thieves in High Places.


Anne Isham

Anne Isham, author of The Chocoholic's Survival Guide and Practical Handbook, is a master composter and former marathoner. She earned her professional chocolatier certification from Ecole Chocolat Professional School of Chocolate Arts. Since the publication of her book in 2004, Anne has presented her programs on chocolate to more than 50 organizations.


Jardine Libaire

Jardine Libaire is the author of the novel Here Kitty Kitty. She has written for Elle, New York Magazine, BlackBook, Men's Health and others.


Matt Lynaugh

Matt Lynaugh has been drawing almost as long has he has worn corrective lenses (which is a very long time). As a child his -10 diopter lenses were used to burn leaves and other small things.


Deborah Madison

Author of 11 books on food, farming, and cooking, Deborah Madison's latest endeavor is a book on plant families called Vegetable Literacy.


Anne Marie Hampshire

It’s a toss-up whether Anne Marie Hampshire loves words or food more. Hampshire, who loves digging in the dirt in her garden and coming up with new ways to prepare its bounty for the table, holds big love and respect for the local food and beverage artisans, farmers, ranchers and restaurants that make Austin such a fun and delicious place to live. She graduated from Earlham College with a bachelor’s in English before moving to Austin, where she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a master’s in English Literature.


Jessica Maher

A University of Texas graduate, Jessica Maher also graduated from the Penn State Ice Cream Short Course in 2005. Before recently moving back to Austin, she worked as pastry chef for Savoy restaurant in New York City, a busy restaurant focused on seasonal and sustainable products.


Ida H. McGarity

While a longtime resident abroad, Ida received her formal culinary education at Le Cordon Bleu and worked as a cook in some of France's top restaurants. The French farmers at the organic market across from her home there inspire her simple, healthy approach to life, one she follows today in Texas. For years she has penned articles about food for various publications.


Gary Nabhan

Gary Nabhan raises hell, Navajo-Churro sheep and native crops in the Southwest Deserts of Chile Pepper Nation. Founder of the Renewing America's Food Traditions (RAFT) initiative and author of more than 20 books, including Coming Home to Eat, Nabhan has been called the "father of the locavore movement." You can track his adventures ongarynabhan.com.



Cecilia Nasti

Cecilia Nasti is a gardener on her mother's side, and by her mother's side is where she learned the joys of digging in the dirt. For 19 years she's produced and hosted Growing Concerns, a weekly gardening feature heard Saturday mornings on 90.5 KUT-FM.


William Norris

William Norris has written for Time Out: NY and The Hartford Courant, is the author ofSnapshots: A Novel and has published photographs with The Star Ledger, The Associated Press, and Saltwater Sportsman. He is the bar manager at FINO: Restaurant, Patio and Bar, and thinks bacon makes everything better.


Jam Sanitchat

Jam Sanitchat is the owner and chef of Thai Fresh in South Austin, where she incorporates produce grown in her backyard into her cooking. She teaches hands- on cooking classes and blogs about sustainable Thai cooking at thaicookingwithjam.blogspot.com.


Suzanne Santos

Austin Farmers' Market Director Suzanne Santos holds a Master of Science in Community Development from the University of California at Davis and has worked to promote local food systems for the past fifteen years. Ms. Santos joined Sustainable Food Center in 2000 as Executive Director, then served as Development Director when the agency merged, bringing significant marketing and management experience to the organization. Her passion for farming led Ms. Santos to her niche connecting local farmers with urban markets. Prior
to joining SFC, Suzanne worked for three years in Costa Rica and Honduras on agricultural projects as a representative of the Peace Corps. Along with her work at SFC, Ms. Santos runs a small family farm in Kyle, Texas, where she raises two sons, peaches, chickens, and a goose.


Laura Sawicki

For pastry chef Laura Sawicki of La Condesa, food isn't merely a passion—it is an obsession. With a culinary heritage that stems from her Argentine roots to her formative years in some of the finest kitchens in the Northeast, her whimsical, savory-meets-sweet approach to dessert is as stunning to the eyes as it is to the palate. Laura was invited to help her longtime to the palate. Laura was invited to help her longtime friend, Chef Rene Ortiz, open La Condesa back in February 2009, and has since then happily called Austin home.


Andrew W. Smiley

Andrew W. Smiley has over 12 years experience working in sustainable agriculture and food systems, including on-farm production, agricultural marketing, micro-enterprise development, food journalism, farmer training and technical assistance, and even food-service management. Andrew W. Smiley currently works with Sustainable Food Center in Austin, Texas as Farm Direct Projects Director.


Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson is the publisher of Edible Piedmont - Edible Austin's sister pulbication in North Carolina. Fred is a native of North Carolina and an expert on grilling and barbecue. Featured in our Summer 2011 issue is an excerpt from Grillin' With Gas, his most recent cookbook (Taunton Press, April 2009).


Toni Tipton-Martin

Toni Tipton-Martin is a food, nutrition and fitness writer, cookbook author and culinary historian with a passion for empowering and encouraging women toward mental, physical and spiritual fitness. She shares recipes and reminiscences from African American cooks in her blog, thejemimacode.com.


Lauren Walz

Lauren Walz is a freelance writer focusing on food and families. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law and working as a corporate lawyer in Silicon Valley, she was drawn back to Austin and her roots as a writer. She currently lives in Cedar Park with her husband and daughter and blogs about cooking and life with a toddler on gourmetveggiemama.com


Bridget Weiss

Bridget Weiss is a native Austinite who cooks and writes with the intrepid assistance of her dogs, cats and chickens. She's taught cooking classes for the University of Texas and is the recipe writer for a vegan cookbook slated for release in the fall. When she's not at the computer, she forages for mushrooms and firewood.


Aimee Wenske

Aimee Wenske is a freelance photographer in Austin, Texas. She is trying to grow tasty herbs like basil and mint to use in cooking. Hopefully one day she'll graduate to tomatoes. More of her photography work can be found ataimeewenske.com.


Mark Winnie

Mark Winne is the author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plentyand the Food Policy Council Project Director for the Community Food Security Coalition.


Jean Warneke

Jean Warneke is co-owner of JB Journeys, a Texas-based, women-owned travel agency. JB Journeys is dedicated to creating travel experiences you won’t forget, but which also have a positive social, economic and environmental impact on the place you visit and the people you meet. She splits her time between Austin and Orleans on Cape Cod.

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Leanne Valenti

Chef Leanne Valenti is the founder of Austin-based brands Balanced Cooking and Bento Picnic. She found her passion for Japanese culinary artistry and culture during a homestay in Japan where she apprenticed to learn the routines of the Japanese home kitchen—taking special delight in tending the family garden and foraging for wild edibles. Chef Valenti has worked with James Beard award-winning chefs and collaborated with internationally acclaimed cookbook author Elizabeth Andoh to present the Japanese design principles of washoku at TEDxAustin. Find out more at BentoPicnic.com and BalancedCooking.com

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Sam Anderson-Ramos

Sam Anderson-Ramos’ fiction and essays have appeared in: The Austin Chronicle, where he is a frequent contributor; The Chicago Tribune Printers Row Journal; Hobart, and others. His essay, “On Leaving Dove Springs,” was a notable selection in Best American Essays 2015. He has been a lecturer at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and currently teaches at St Edward’s University. He was born and raised in Austin.


Michal Ann Morrison

Michal Ann is a grad school survivor, children’s book author, archaeologist and Austin native. When she is not traveling the Mediterranean participating in research, she is exploring Austin, eating at food trucks and writing.


Teresa Morris

Teresa Morris is a former lecturer of freshman composition at UT San Antonio, and now president of ATX Ultra Eats (atxultraeats.com)—a small manufacturer of gluten-free, grain-free muffin mixes based in Austin. In addition to packaging gluten-free muffin mixes, she teaches gluten-free cooking classes in Austin, and gives gluten-free cooking demonstrations at Natural Grocers in San Antonio. As a hobby, Morris writes the gluten-free food blog, Deglutenized and Delicious (deglutenizedanddelicious.com). When not working or writing, she enjoys running.


Eve Chenu

Eve Chenu is a certified Aston Kinetics practitioner, personal trainer, massage therapist and yoga instructor. These skills are woven into a holistic approach that seeks to assist individuals in releasing unnecessary tension and enhancing body usage. The results are decreased pain, improved ease of movement and enhanced athletic performance. Eve grew up in France, but now lives in south Austin. In her free time, she loves to hike, swim, cycle, bake and make art.


Lauryn Lax

Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTR, NTP, CPT is a life-long journalist, as well as the founder of her brand and practice Thrive Wellness & Recovery. As an occupational therapist, nutritionist, fitness professional and writer, Lax is passionate about educating others on health and wellness, and transforming lives through her holistic perspective. Lax currently lives in Austin, Texas, and works with girls and women all over the world to achieve their life, nutrition, fitness and health goals.

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Dawn Orsak

Dawn Orsak is a Texas Czech who writes the blog Svacina Project. She is the co-curator of the traveling exhibition, “Texas Czechs: Rooted in Tradition.”


David Alan

A UT graduate and native Austinite, David has spent a dozen years in and around the food and beverage business. His enthusiasm for cocktails became an academic pursuit with the launch of his beverage blog, tipsytexan.com.


Meredith Bethune

Meredith Bethune is a native Rhode Islander living in Austin by way of New York City and New Orleans. She has worked as a cheesemonger, farmers market manager and youth gardening instructor. Currently a freelance writer and blogger, she contributes regularly to the national food website Serious Eats (seriouseats.com). Follow her cooking adventures at Biscuits of Today (biscuitsoftoday.com).


Eugenia Bone

Eugenia Bone's food writing has appeared in Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet and the New York Times. Her first book, At Mesa's Edge,about cooking and ranching in Colorado's North Fork Valley was nominated for the Colorado Book Award and anthologized inBest Food Writing 2005. Her newest book,Well-Preserved has just been published by Random House. She writes the blog "Well-Preserved" for the Denver Post. Bone lives in New York and Colorado with her husband and their two children.


Robin Chotzinoff

Robin Chotzinoff is a freelance writer and the author of People with Dirty Hands: the Passion for Gardening and the memoir Holy Unexpected. She thinks there is no better place to grow and eat food than Austin, Texas.


Iliana de la Vega

Iliana de la Vega and Ernesto Torrealba are the chefs and co-owners of El Naranjo Restaurant in Austin. De la Vega is also the Mexican/Latin American specialist for the Culinary Institute of America.


Jody Horton

Jody Horton is an Austin-based freelance photographer and writer specializing in documentary, architectural and travel photography. He is the former editor of la cocinita magazine of New Mexico. Learn more about his work at jodyhorton.com.


Kim Lane

Kim Lane is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Mothering magazine, Salon, Pregnancy magazine and Green Prints, and in books such as Salon's anthology Life as We Know It (Washington Square Press), Grrl Talk: Sass, Wit, and Wisdom from the Austin WriterGrrls (lulu.com) and Women Write the War (St. John's Press). She is founder of the multi-award winning website, AustinMama.com, and an occasional contributor to NPR's All Things Considered. Winner of the 2004 Vivian Castleberry Award from the Association of Women Journalists, and the 2006 Mentor Award from the Association for Women in Communications.


Carol Ann Sayle

Carol Ann Sayle grows nine acres of organic vegetables with her husband, Larry Butler, on two farms. Market days are Wed. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at their East Austin farm. Visit boggycreekfarm.com for more information.


Elif Selvili

Elif Selvili was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and grew up in the Aegean city of Izmir. She came to the U.S. to study engineering and never got around to going back to Turkey. When she realized that none of her friends knew what turkish cooking was like, she decided to educate them by recreating the tastes of her homeland using locally available ingredients. She offers monthly Turkish cooking demonstrations to small groups of friends, to spread healthy eating habits and demystify Turkish cuisine.


Soll Sussman

Soll Sussman, a former Associated Press correspondent and news editor for Mexico and Central America, returned to Austin to work on alternative and renewable energy projects. He still writes about anything except politics. In his spare time, he watches over the "Fans of Diana Kennedy" group on Facebook.


Mary Stanley

Mary Stanley has a BFA in sculpture from the University of Illinois. She's been a self-taught cook since the age of 10—learning from books, workshops, observation and necessity. She and her husband, architect David Stanley, own The Turtle Restaurant, Gelateria and Enoteca in Brownwood. The Stanleys have been seriously involved in the restoration of downtown Brownwood for the past 10 years. They have three children and five grandchildren.


Chasity Whittington

Chasity Whittington loves and lives life to the fullest. Taking as many photos along the way as possible, her passion for photography sparked into more: savvy-images.com


Marshall Wright

Comfortable at the table or in the kitchen, Marshall is a freelance food journalist living in Austin, TX, where he serves on the board of Slow Food Austin (slowfoodaustin.org) and volunteers at the Central Market Cooking School. When not spending time chasing around his two daughters with his wife, he writes and photographs for his blog, EatThisLens.com.


Amy Crowell

Amy is currently writing a book on the wild edible plants of Texas and would love to glean pictures, recipes and stories from other Texas foragers. Check out her blog at: wildedibletexas.wordpress.com. Amy also operates a small vegetable gardening business called Edible Yards (edibleyards.com) and is the mother of two young, very energetic boys who enjoy tagging along with her on foraging hikes.


Addie Maher

Addie Maher is 12 years old and a seventh grader at Acton Academy Austin. She has six pets (a cat, four chickens and a little sister) and her family loves to cook and eat together.


Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center in Austin. Most recently he has published All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice (Soft Skull Press, 2009).