ABOUT ME

I represent a range of adult and select children's nonfiction, with a particular interest in food, science, and society. Sometimes those interests intersect, as in Larissa Zimberoff's Technically Food (Abrams Press), about the lab-driven future of food. Many of my books have a policy or advocacy angle, including Marion Nestle's Unsavory Truth (Basic Books), Michael Jacobson's Salt Wars (MIT Press), and Catherine Donnelly's Ending the War on Artisan Cheese (Chelsea Green). I'm on the lookout for more great place-specific food narratives, having recently sold a sake travelogue called Rice, Water, Earth (Tuttle).

There's more on my plate (pun!) than just food and drink. I'm arguably representing the opposite of food and drink with a book about fasting, cleverly called Fast (Abrams Press). I love working with investigative and longform journalists like Fast's author, Steve Hendricks. I'm also keen to represent more environmental and social issues books, having sold Mario Ariza's Disposable City (Nation Books), about Miami's sea level rise crisis, and If I Don't Make It, I Love You (Skyhorse), a collection of narratives from school shooting survivors. 

Prior to founding my agency I managed Oxford University Press's influential Companion series, multi-authored, subject-defining works that included The Oxford Companion to Beer (2011), The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets (2015), Savoring Gotham (2015), The Oxford Companion to Cheese (2016), and The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails (forthcoming). The series has won or been nominated for James Beard, IACP, Gourmand, and other food writing awards. While I enjoyed my time at OUP immensely, I wanted to represent my authors’ interests more completely. Since founding my agency in 2016, I can!

 

I have a BA in English lit from Middlebury College and an MA in liberal studies from Duke University. I live in Washington, D.C., and, in non-pandemic times, travel back and forth to NYC often to meet with editors and visit family. In my free time I play an unhealthy amount of online chess.

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