My newest book, HOW TO BREAK UP WITH YOUR PHONE (Ten Speed Press, 2018), reveals some of the many ways in which our phones are affecting our productivity, creativity, relationships, memory, attention spans, and sleep—and provides a personalized plan for how to take back your life from your device (without giving it up completely). For more info (and interview requests) please visit the book's website, phonebreakup.com.
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 look at the history of vitamins and supplements, as well as an investigation into the future of the food, from phytochemicals to epigenetics.
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, mindfulness, 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. I currently live in Philadelphia.