Public Writing

“‘Bio-Nazis’ go green in Germany.” Politico Europe (print), July 12, 2018.

Literature as Lifeline: The Exile in “Call Me Zebra”.” Los Angeles Review of Books, March 18, 2018.

The Kid Is All Right: In Defense of Picky Eating.” Serious Eats, February 13, 2018.

Featured in Longreads: “You Don’t Have to Eat It,” by Catherine Cusick.

Included in the Top 5 Longreads of the Week.

Included in Autostraddle’s Things I Read That I Love #257.

Featured in

Teachers and Students.” Aeon, February 7, 2018.

Included in the Tampa Bay Times’ The Reading File.

Contributed a pick to Longreads Best of 2017: Food Writing.

An Unreliable Alchemy.” The Marginalia Review of Books, November 10, 2017.

About the Cover.” postmedieval 8.3 (2017): 267–269.

Contributed a reading recommendation for Zócalo’s Summer Book List

Appetite (and iron-clad stomach) for success. The art of stuffing yourself while chancellor.”, June 17, 2017.

Swan, Late: The Unexpected Joys of Adult Beginner Ballet.Longreads. February 7, 2017.

(With Berit Andersson) “Research Fellowships in Germany for Scholars in the Humanities.” Guest post at In the Middle, November 8, 2016.

A Place of Absence, Loss, and Transcendence.” Part of a Zócalo Public Square conversation on “Why Libraries’ Survival Matters.” September 29, 2016.

The Curious Appeal of ‘Bad’ Food.” The Atlantic, August 5, 2016.

Reprinted in Best Food Writing 2017, ed. Holly Hughes, Da Capo Press

‘Frivolous’ Humanities Helped Prisoners Survive in Communist Romania.” Zócalo Public Square, May 25, 2016.

Featured among Editors’ Picks on Discover

One of Zócalo Public Square’s 12 Favorite Essays of 2016, December 2016

War and the Food of Dreams: An Interview with Cara De Silva.Rumba Under Fire: The Arts of Survival from West Point to Delhi, ed. Irina Dumitrescu. Brooklyn: Punctum Books, 2016. 53-77.

Terpsichore.” Rumba Under Fire: The Arts of Survival from West Point to Delhi, ed. Irina Dumitrescu. Brooklyn: Punctum Books, 2016. 197-199.

The Things We Take, The Things We Leave Behind.” Southwest Review 101.1 (2016): 13-29.

Winner of a McGinnis-Ritchie Award for nonfiction from the Southwest Review.

Listed among the “Notable Essays of 2016” in Best American Essays 2017, edited by Leslie Jamison and Robert Atwan.

Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Dance, Mama.” The Manifest-Station. September 26, 2015.

Why ‘that’ photo mattered this time: Our children could be on that beach, too.” On Parenting for the Washington Post. September 8, 2015.

Dancing for Humanity.” fuse. A Tribal & Fusion Belly Dance Magazine 15 (2015): 11-12.

My Father and the Wine.” The Yale Review 103.2 (2015): 51-64.

Reprinted in The Best American Essays 2016, eds. Jonathan Franzen and Robert Atwan. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. 56-68.

Nominated for the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award, from the James Beard Foundation, March 2016.

Translated into Chinese by Chunhui Li. Posted with permission here.

Featured in the Longreads roundup Six James Beard Finalists You Might Have Missed: A Reading List

Audio version featured in Choice Magazine Listening’s Fall 2015 issue.

On the Future of Old English.” Guest post at In the Middle, January 2014.

Currywurst.” Petits Propos Culinaires 98 (2013): 71-77.

Cited in Giulia Pines’ BBC Travel article, “How sausage flavours the German language,” January 3, 2018.

Reprinted in the launch issue of The Tenderloin, July 31, 2017.

Tasting Texas.” Southwest Review 97.1 (2012): 54-62.

Listed among the “Notable Essays of 2012” in The Best American Essays 2013, eds. Cheryl Strayed and Robert Atwan. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

Featured in the roundup, A Food-Writing Prescription to Cure Clean-Eating

 “The School’s Embrace.” This Book is a Class Room, eds. Lucie Kolb and Romy Rüegger. Berlin: Passenger Books and HIT, 2012. 43-44.

Responses by Sjoerd Westbroek and Tanja Baudoin.

Hidden Treasures at the Met Museum.” Guest post at In the Middle, July 2009.