Biography
Experienced Food Journalist, Editor and Author

I have written thousands of stories since I began my career as a copygirl for the Detroit Free Press in 1968, just as it won the Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the 1967 Detroit riots. You can find my work on many websites, among them gayot.com, Traverse, Northern Michigan's magazine's mynorth.com, the online magazine I started up in 2010 for Issue Media Group, Northwest Michigan's Second Wave, and the foodie magazine of northwest lower Michigan, Edible Grande Traverse.

Since moving to the sanctuary of northern Michigan in 1999, I've also written for Destinations, Meetings North, Michigan Blue, Traverse City, Michigan Wine Country and have been a dining columnist, off and on, for the Traverse City Record-Eagle newspaper. I am author of the hardcover gourmet cookbook, Cherry Home Companion, and the regional softcover guidebook, Good Taste: A Guide to Northern Michigan Cuisine (both Arbutus Press) and the chief contributor to 1998's Detroit Free Press Restaurant Guide.

DETROIT DAYS During my second stint at the Detroit Free Press, I was a feature writer, food columnist and restaurant critic. It was also during that time I was lucky enough to study in Paris at the culinary school Le Cordon Bleu in its centennial year. Before that, I was an award-winning managing editor for the edgy city magazine, Detroit Monthly. And before that, I traveled the world as news editor and reporter for Ward's Auto World magazine in Detroit. As a freelancer, I have written articles for Saveur, Midwest Living, Detroit News, Baltimore Sun, San Francisco Chronicle, Corporate Detroit, Corvette Quarterly, TWA, Cat Companion, Friends, SportStyle, Style Detroit and contributed to the Mobil Guide and AAA Guide. I am featured prominently in the book, Dining Out: Secrets from America's Leading Critics, Chefs and Restaurateurs by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page (John Wiley & Sons).

I'm a member of the Association of Food Journalists, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the James Beard Foundation. I am working on my next book, a personal memoir, Leaving Detroit, A Love Story.



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