My newest book, HOW TO BREAK UP WITH YOUR PHONE, is coming out February 13th, 2018 from Ten Speed Press. (Feel free to pre-order now!) I'm very excited about it and welcome all interview requests. Just don't try to contact me through social media, because I basically never check it. (Use the form on this site's "contact" page instead.)
My last book, VITAMANIA: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food (hardcover subtitle: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection) was published in February 2015 by The Penguin Press, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. It's a lively (and critically acclaimed) look at the history of vitamins and supplements, as well as an investigation into the future of the food, from phytochemicals to epigenetics. I would love to talk about it, too.
In my life as a freelance journalist, my written and multimedia work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, Popular Science, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Parade, Salon, Slate, Men’s Journal, Self, Mother Jones, Health Magazine, and Outside, among others. (Check out the Clips page for samples.)
I’m a recipient of a Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Reporting, a two-time Société de Chimie Industrielle fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, an ASME nominee, a 2013 resident at the Mesa Refuge, a fellow in both the Food and Medical Evidence Boot Camps at the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, and winner of the Gobind Behari Lal prize for science writing. My previous books also include the parody travel guide 101 Places Not to See Before You Die (HarperPaperbacks, 2010) and The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook (HarperCollins, 2009).
A graduate of Yale University and UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, I write frequently about food, science, nutrition, hormones, and Type 1 diabetes, with which I was diagnosed when I was 22 years old. I also particularly enjoy writing reported personal essays about things I find funny odd, or uncomfortable (or all three), including—but not limited to—eating roadkill, "winning" Flywheel, sampling moonshine, limiting my diet to things that I have Vitamixed, basing travel entirely on the recommendations of strangers, and investigating the horror that is partner yoga.
I'm originally from NYC, and lived in the Bay Area (Oakland) for several years. These days I'm based in Philadelphia—which I highly recommend.