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Board Member
Co-founder and Board Member of Foodways Texas: “The mission of Foodways Texas is to preserve, promote and celebrate the diverse food cultures of Texas.” Foodways Texas is headquartered in the American Studies Department in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.

Partner with chef Bryan Caswell and Bill Floyd in El Real Tex-Mex Cafe ( a vintage Tex-Mex restaurant located in the historic Tower Theater, an art deco cinema built in 1936 in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston. El Real’s menu and decor are based in part on recipes and archival research from the Tex-Mex Cookbook.

Restaurant Critic
Houstonia Magazine
Lead restaurant reviewer and food writer, 2012-2014.

Restaurant Critic
Houston Press
Lead restaurant reviewer and food writer, 2000-2010.

Food Columnist
Natural History Magazine
Author of “A Matter of Taste,” a column exploring issues in food history, food science and culinary anthropology. 1995-1999.

Radio Commentator
National Public Radio
Commented on food and culture around the world on Weekend Edition, Sunday. 1995-2001

Editor in Chief
Chile Pepper Magazine

Edited the “journal of hot and spicy foods” August 1999-June 2000

Food Editor
Austin Chronicle

Gourmet, Saveur, Fine Cooking, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Cooking Light, Ecotraveler, Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Freelance food features for national magazines and newspapers.

Clicquot Wine Book of the Year Competition.
1997, 1998, 1999.

Founder and Head Judge
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
The world’s largest hot sauce competition, founded in 1991.