How to Find Local Food and Travel Writers
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NameCoverage areaLink to clips/portfolioBest way to contactNotes
Oset BaburBoston, MA; Istanbul,
Sara ClemenceSan Diego/Southern California, New York
Olga MeckingWarsaw, Poland. Germany. The
Beth DemmonSouthern California (San Diego), USA
Krystin ArnesonBerlin + *under renovation*
Victoria BorischPrague, Wisconsin, Munichon
Melissa BaniganFrench Caribbean (Guadeloupe in particular), NYC, France, Cameroon, Peru, New England (RI, CT)
Megan O-RBay Area, USA, London, UKon
Grace AlexanderUruguay, South Americaon
Lia GarciaSan Francisco, Oakland, and California's central coast. Louisville, KY
Selena HoyJapan; I am Japanese-American, live in Tokyo/have lived here half my life, speak Japanese, have lots of connections, and have traveled extensively all over the country.
Sarah EngstrandHong Kong, Scotland, New York, Long Island; focus on travel, hospitality and
Christine BenlafquihMorocco; Moroccan food expert; editor at Taste of Maroc; owner of culinary activity business in Casablanca
Jennifer WalkerHungary; Half-Hungarian/British (fluent Hungarian speaker), grew up in Budapest, have been living here as an adult since
Ishay Govender-YpmaSouth Africa; Portugal, culture and culinary journalist; author Curry: Stories & Recipes across South Africa.Based in Cape Town/ and between Durban/Lisbon
Eileen SmithChile (have been living hre for 14 years, originally from Brooklyn, NY)
Kelsey OgletreeChicago, Montana,
Jenn CampusSardinia
Lauren CockingMexico in general; Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta and Monterrey in particular; some regions of wider Latin America; the UK (Yorkshire/ Northern England and South Wales) laurensarahcocking@gmail.comFluent in Spanish; conversational in Catalan
Rachel ForrestAustin, TX, Portsmouth, NH/Seacoast NH/ME and soon San Ignacio
Jen KaretnickMiami; South Florida; Florida; the Caribbean
Ana Astri-O'ReilyArgentina (esp. Buenos Aires), Dallas TX
Holly JonesBuenos Aires, Argentina Chicago, IllinoisOn
Adrienne CooperNew York City native (UWS, Manhattan) and NYC food tour guide
Lizzy SaxeNew York City, Los Angeles native, visit Chicago and Boston fairly
Aja BainNashville and southeast USon
Sam HarrisonArgentina, with a focus on Buenos Aires (have lived here 4 years). France, especially the south (where I grew up).
Katie MacLeodNew York City (where I live) and Scotland (in particular the islands of the Outer Hebrides, where I'm from)
Nadine Jolie CourtneyLos Angeles (especially Santa Monica); Southern California; former London UK resident and return multiple times each
Joy Martin OmarMichigan (especially Ann Arbor, Metro-Detroit, and Traverse City)on
Margarita Gokun SilverSpain, Greece,
Kristin AmicoBoston, MA; Rajasthan India (I just finished a Rajasthan guidebook); parts of the Balkans (Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia)
Rachel VigodaPennsylvania, especially Philadelphiaon
Janice Leung HayesChina: Hong Kong, Guangdong province (Guangzhou, Foshan, Panyu, Shunde etc.). Australia: Melbourne, Brisbane. New Zealand: Dunedin & the Otago area.
Renée S. SuenCanada: Toronto (based), Vancouver, Montreal, etc
Charmaine MokHong Kongon request
IG or Twitter: @supercharz
Theodora S. AbigailIndonesia (Jakarta, Bandung, Bali, and elsewhere)theodorasarahabigail.comebi@theodorasarahabigail.comFluent in English, Javanese, and Bahasa Indonesia
Lauren HudginsOregon and SW Washington,
Frances KatzAtlanta (based); Georgia, Massachusetts, (including Boston and the Islands)on
Moe Thet WarMyanmarmoethetwar.commoethetw@gmail.comFluent in Burmese
Emily FarrisMidwest, Kansas City, Missouri (and some Kansas)sideworkstudio.comemily@sideworkstudio.comFood + Drink Photographer
Rebecca RennerFlorida, all regions including the Keysbeckyrenner.comrenner.ra@gmail.comSpeaks Spanish; can provide photographs
Brooke ThioSingapore; South Korea; Taiwan; China (Yanbian, Guangzhou/entire Guangdong province, Chengdu, Xiamen)brookethio.contently.combrookethio@outlook.comNative written and spoken English, Chinese
Conversational Korean
Can provide photographs
Robyn EckhardtSE esp. Malaysia (recently relocated after 16 yrs). Northern Italy esp. hidden areas of Piemonte (resident since mid-2017). Turkey esp. off the beaten track (spent 1.5+ years researching a cookbook) / istanbulandbeyondcookbook.comrobyn.eckhardt@gmail.comFood / travel writer. Speaks Mandarin Chinese and Turkish, beginning Italian.
Madhvi RamaniBerlin, Germany, Londonwww.madhviramani.commadhvi.ramani@gmail.comSpeaks German, can provide images
Danette St. OngeParis (currently based here, for past 4 years), SF Bay Area (from there), Tuscany/Florence (lived there for 5 years), Bangkok (half-Thai, lived there for 4 years, wrote a Thai cookbook in 2017)danettes@gmail.comFood & travel writer. Know Italian, French, Spanish & Thai.
Emma BentleyItaly. Based deep in the Veneto's wine-country since 2016. Frequently in Verona, Vicenza, Padova, Venice, Trieste. Also Paris (my home from 2010-2016.)www.emmabentleyvino.comemmabentleyvino@gmail.comSpecialised wine and food. Speaks fluent French + Italian.
Molly HarrisBased in Croatia, but from Atlanta, Georgia. Spent more than 20 years in North Carolina and Florida. Has spent a considerable amount of time in Switzerland. www.mmollyharris.comharris.mmargaret@gmail.comTravel, adventure, and food writer.
Keshia BadalgeSingapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vermont, New Hampshire.Request.keshia.badalge@gmail.comLocal born & bred Singaporean. Went to school @ Dartmouth and lived in the Upper Valley (New Hampshire + Vermont) Travel and culture writer. Speaks Mandarin, Hokkien (Fukienese), Malay, French.
Natasha SkorykSouth Africa (especially Cape Town, Durban and Joburg), Ukraine (especially Odessa and Kyiv), Crimea in Odessa, Ukraine (speak fluent Russian and proficient in Ukrainian) but based in Cape Town (I travel regularly aroun SA though)
Lola MendezUruguay, USA (Kansas City, New York City, Southern Florida), Spain, Italy, India, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. dual citizen. Lived in Spain 8 months, Italy 3, Thailand 4,, India 6, Vietnam 3. Travel full-time and am currently in Southeast Asia for 2018. Love to elevate local voices. I focus on responsible travel and local culture.
Marjorie PerlasNew York, Hawaii, Philippines, RomeRequest.marjorieperlas@gmail.comBorn and raised in New York as first generation Filipino with studies and work in Hawaii and Italy
Joanna LoboAll Indian cuisines, special focus on Goan foodhttps://joannalobo.contently.comBorn and raised in Goa, a small state on India's western coast. Living in Mumbai for 11 years so well versed with most cuisines. I do food reviews and stories for national publications so have strong resources and network here.
Elen TurnerNepal, India, New Zealand in Nepal and New Zealand (family in both), and frequently travel to India.
Sarah BrownBrazil (all areas), some parts of Latin Americahttps://sarahteresabrown.contently.comsarahteresabrown1@gmail.comLived in Brazil for over seven years. Have travelled extensively throughout the country and have lived in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Fluent in Portuguese, conversational in Spanish.
Mary SauerMidwest, Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas
Ruth TobiasColorado, esp the Front Range (Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, CO Springs food, I also write extensively about wine—and w/r/t this area can certainly write about beer too
Liana LozadaMiami, South Florida - native
Lizz SchumerBuffalo, Niagara, Western New York, New York City metro Schumeea@gmail.comBorn and raised in Buffalo, NY, I’ve written extensively about the region’s food and beverage culture and history/sociological influences. I also write about cocktails and beer, in general.
Suchi RudraPrague, CZ; San Antonio and New Braunfels in TX
Valerie Fortney-SchneiderItaly. I have lived in Italy for ten years with time in central Italy and now for seven years in the southern region of Basilicata. Can cover any part of the peninsulaRequest. Extensive travel and lifestyle portfoliovalerietrivigno@gmail.comAmerican writer who now lives in her ancestral region of Basilicata Italy. Fluent in Italian, immersed in the culture. I write about life in Italy, travel, cuisine, and culture. Can usually provide photos.
Karen GardinerScotland (born and raised - Dundee)www.karengardiner.comkarenlgardiner@gmail.comI have also lived in Japan, Chile, Iceland, the Czech Republic, Australia, London and Oahu.
Angelica FreyNorthern Italy (Born and raised in Milan), currently based between Brooklyn and Milan. I am a torta fritta/gnocco fritto evangelistwww.angelicafrey.comangelicafrey2@gmail.comFluent in Italian and German; I write about food, culture and the arts.
Melissa KravitzNew York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens), Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA), Austinwww.melissabethk.commelissabethkravitz@gmail.comI've lived in and written about Newell w York for the past decade and am very familiar with all facets of the city, I also spend a significant amount of time in and writing about Austin, as well as Northeast PA, where my fiance grew up.
Rozena CrossmanParis , France (born and raised near Boston, is half British and has lived in the UK, also lived in Ontario, Canada for 3 years). on requestrozena.crossman@gmail.comHas lived in Paris for 7 years and is fluent in French. Currently head of content of a French language lifestyle media aimed at Parisians between twenty-five and thirty-five, a demanding demographic who know the city like the back of their metro pass. On the side, I've covered a variety of themes for anglophone publications such as The Guardian, and The New York Times on politics, music, food, culture, urban planning, etc.
Sarah May GrunwaldItaly, Italian wine, Georgia (country) Georgian wine and food. I write about natural wine in Italy and about the wine, food and culture of Georgia. I am a Californian who lives in the Roman countryside and who works in Tbilisi, Georgia quite regularlyon requestsarahmaygrunwald@icloud.comFluent in Italian. Former professor of wine at University lever. I taught a course called "Wines of Italy." I am a certified sommelier and currently a WSET diploma student. You could say I am a wine expert.
Elizabeth Ann QuirinoPhilippines- Manila & Luzonwww.AsianInAmericaMag.cominfo@ebquirino.comborn & raised in the Philippines; now NJ-based; travels to Asia often to search stories
Jenn HallNew Jerseyhttps://jennhallwrites.comjennh77@gmail.comCovers food, culture, travel and the spaces in-between
Jennifer NalewickiNYC and Tucson, AZ've lived in NYC for almost 10 years and lived in Tucson, AZ for 20 years. I visit the latter regularly as I have family there.
Shaistha KhanSaudi Arabia, GCC, UAE, Bahrain, Bangalorekhan.shaistha@gmail.comSecond-generation expat living in Saudi Arabia, familiar with culture and customs in the GCC, Middle East. Native of Bangalore, India
Julekha DashBaltimore, Maryland, D.C. and Southern Delaware, including Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. I've covered Maryland tourism and restaurants since 2003 for American Way, Fodor's, Eater, USA Today and others. I used to live in Lewes, Delaware and have written about the location for Delaware Today.
Amy LeibrockSouthern Ohio/Northern Kentucky (Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus)http://amyleibrock.contently.comaleibrock@gmail.comCovers local food, art, travel
Kimberly Lord Stewart Colorado and the Mountain West, Central/Southern Italy (lived there), Ireland and UK (visit annually)eatingbetweenthelines@gmail.comfood, culture for consumer and meeting planner trade pub audience
Dana DuTerroilHouston, Texason request dduterroil@gmail.comAlso provides personalized tours of the city as part of my business, Trip Chandler.
Eileen W. ChoParis, France \ Seattle \ Seoul, Jeju, & Busan, I'm a Korean American photographer and journalist based in Paris. I can also provide photos!
Emma JacobsMontreal, QCemmaatlarge.comemma.clara.jacobs@gmail.comI have also lived in Paris and am finishing up a book project based there so feel comfortable writing about that region as well.
Sarah HarveyThe Maldives, Sri Lanka, French Riviera (Nice in particular), and Valencia (Spain)www.manta-media.comsarah@manta-media.comHave lived in all these locations and frequently return to write about them.
Rida BilgramiPakistan, Sri Lanka, London, UKon request rida.h.b@gmail.comLondon based food and travel writer. Born and raised in Pakistan and also lived in Sri Lanka. Can also provide photos.
Annelise JolleySouthern California (San Diego and Santa Barbara), Diego-based writer covering food, farming, and travel. Born and raised in Southern California.
Emma YardleyBC, Canada; Washington and Oregon State live on Salt Spring Island off the coast of BC, and have travelled throughout the Pacific Northwest extensively.
Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmScandinavia (Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Norway), Finland, and the Balticshttps://www.akinmade.comlola.akinmade@gmail.comAs a Stockholm-based Nigerian-born author and photographer. Can also provide high resolution photography. My photography is represented by National Geographic Creative and I was recently awarded the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award.
Steph DysonChile, Patagonia, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay. UKwww.stephdyson.comsteph@stephdyson.comI am a Santiago-based travel writer, originally from the UK. I'm close to completing a brand new edition of the Moon Chile guidebook, have contributed to guidebooks about Peru and Paraguay and have lived in Bolivia and Peru for extended periods of time. I am fluent in Spanish.
Samantha Chavarria Texas, specifically Houston & Corpus Christi areas I am a Texas-based writer/photographer who loves to cruise, calls Houston my home, and has salt water running through my veins. when I'm not traveling to Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean, I'm enjoying the 4th largest city in the US.
Rachel Louise Martin, PhDSoutheastern USA, esp Tennessee (Nashville-area and Appalachia) and North Carolinawww.RachelMartin.wordpress.comrachelouisemartin@gmail.comI am a historian, and I love using food to explore the ongoing struggle against inequality in the United States. I once, for instance, wrote about the history of hot chicken and it's sudden popularity among white Nashville to uncover the history of segregation and urban development.
Ruth Terry Grand Rapids, MI; Istanbul, Turkey'm an African American/Puerto Rican expat living in Istanbul, Turkey, after stints in Costa Rica and Cameroon. I specialize in writing about arts and culture, small businesses, nonprofits and travel.
Tania BanerjeeIndia (specialise in Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad) and brough up in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state of India, I am very well acquainted with the food of northern and eastern India. Since the last 2 years, I am living in Mumbai and gaining equal exposure of India's southern and western food culture. I have travelled extensively throughout the country. I have experience covering stories on Indian art and culture.
Bani AmorEcuador, Queens, NYChttps://baniamor.comheyitsbani@gmail.comI'm a queer travel writer who focuses on themes of race, place, and power in travel culture. I've written travel, food, and personal pieces on Queens, Brooklyn, and Ecuador. I also write about climate, gender, and disability.
Sheena DabholkarIndia,, http://loverand.come@thisissheena.comTravel writer and photographer. I write pieces on Indian culture, modernity, art and design, architecture and food without the colonial gaze. I also run a contemporary design journal called LOVER
Chryselle D'Silva DiasIndiawww.chryselle.netchryselled@gmail.comExperienced freelance writer who writes about people, places and stories that fall in between, including news, feminism, travel, food, architecture and interiors and essays. Based in Goa.
Mehk ChakrabortyIndiahttps://mehkchakraborty.contently.commehk_1205@yahoo.comI write on travel, arts, LGBTQ issues, culture and food occasionally.
Catherine MaisonneuveCanada, USAwww.cathmaison.cahello@cathmaison.caFluent in French and English
Siddhi Camila LamaPortugal (Lisbon, Evora, and surrounding areas), Spain (Madrid and Catalunya), New York City, Maltaon requestsbclama@gmail.comFluent in Spanish and English. I particularly enjoy writing about culinary stories with a scientific, cultural, or cannabis-oriented twist.
Rebecca BodenheimerSan Francisco Bay Area, Cuba in Spanish and experienced in Spanish translation. Have been traveling to and conducting research in Cuba since 2003.
Megan FryeMexico in general, and Mexico City. Originally from Michigan, USA (spent the majority of my life there), have lived in Colorado and Montana. www.meganfrye.commegan.frye@gmail.comFluent in Spanish - I work as a translator and professor at a university in Mexico City. I have studied, taught and lived in Mexico for three years and traveled the country extensively during that time, and previously.
Nina SantosI mainly write about Portugal, where my family is from (General but also Lisbon, central Portugal's mountains and coast, and the Azores), Madrid (where I live now), Southcoast Massachusetts (where I grew up - New Bedford, Fall River, Dartmouth, Westport, and Cape Cod), also coastal Rhode Island (Tiverton, Little Compton, Newport, Portsmouth, Bristol). I also lived in south Florida for 5 years and can write about the food in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.*Upon Request*Still building my own websitenina.santos1023@gmail.comI speak Portuguese and am learning Spanish (easing into conversational Castilian). I also have a MS in Marine Biology and can write about clean eating, especially related to fish and seafood.
Melinda JoeJapan Upon request. You can view archives of my drinks column here: speak Japanese. Based in Tokyo. Work takes me to other destinations in Japan and around the world. Areas of specialization: food, drinks (especially Japanese sake), travel, and sustainability
Alexis SteinmanMarseille, France, Seattlewww.thealexissteinman.comthealexissteinman@gmail.comI'm a French-speaking American writer currently based in Marseille. Specialties include food, drinks, and travel with a penchant for cities, cocktails, wine, regional food, interviews, and the people who cook, brew, and distill the things that make us go mmmm. I can provide photos as well.
Manisha ClaireBoston, Connecticut,
Yolanda EvansIreland, New Orleans, Prague’m a Black America writer currently based in Ireland. I write about travel, cocktails, food and recently surfing
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