Food Writing

I have been a professional food writer for more than 20 years. Here is where you will find some of my work in that field.


Restaurant Reviewer

I served as The Des Moines Register's chief food critic from 1997 to 2012, and wrote over 750 reviews for this paper. Currently, I cover the Des Moines dining scene for dsm Magazine, a lifestyle magazine in Des Moines. Check out my most recent review, or click on the button below to read current articles I've written for dsm.


Cookbook Author

I am the author of the book, The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Every Day (Harvard Common Press). In this book, I combined my expertise as a cookbook editor and food writer with my knowledge of  easy, everyday French cooking gleaned through 20 years of extended summer stays in France.


Food Editor, Writer, and Blogger

Since 1994, I have served as an editor and/or feature writer on numerous cookbooks, magazines, and websites, many of them within the Better Homes and Gardens family of publications. You'll find some of my work on (here's an example). I also write a French cooking and lifestyle blog at