My newest book, Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food (hardcover subtitle: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection) was published by Penguin Press and supported in part by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Public Understanding of Science and Technology program. Vitamania is the fascinating story of the 13 chemicals known as human vitamins, and how their discovery has fundamentally shaped our attitudes toward food and nutrition. 

My previous work has been featured in the Best American Science Writing 2009, O's Little Book of Happiness, and the Before the Mortgage essay collection.

I'm the author of  a parody travel guide called 101 Places Not To See Before You Die (HarperPaperbacks 2010), which -- its title notwithstanding -- is actually extremely pro-travel.  

I also co-authored the Big Sur Bakery Cookbook (HarperCollins 2009), with photography by the talented Sara Remington.