I wrote about working as a census taker and the total chaos of the 2020 count for The Atlantic.
Here's a piece about the dangers of dining culture for restaurant workers during the pandemic for The Washington Post.
I started a monthly column for Serious Eats focusing on fast food and culture.
For Vox, I took a long look at the social conditions that turned fitness trackers into a consumer fixture.
I wrote about the viral Popeyes chicken sandwich and the very involved creative process of its culinary team for TIME.
For TIME, I explain the very Texan despair over the sale of the Whataburger chain to a Chicago investment firm.
TBD: Newport Beach (CA)
Newport Beach Public Library
(More rescheduled events to come)
I spoke with Tracy Smith for CBS Sunday Morning about drive-thru culture in the time of coronavirus.
Smithsonian Magazine picked Drive-Thru Dreams as one of the best food books of 2019.
Amazon named Drive-Thru Dreams to its list of best books of 2019.
Bryan Lufkin interviewed me about the rise of very strange hybrid snackfoods for the BBC.
I was enlisted by NPR/WKSU to help them solve a fast-food mystery about the legendary Ohio chain Swensons.
I joined Texas Public Radio’s “The Source” to talk about the effect of fast food on communities and plant-based burgers.
I gave a quick historical overview of the fast-food boom in America for Viewpoints Radio.
Louisa Torres of NPR’s The Salt and I discussed the intricacies and complexities of America’s relationship with fast food.
Drive-Thru Dreams has been selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Month by Amazon Book Review.
My second book excerpt about the wild life and times of Colonel Harland Sanders is now live at Eater.
I joined NPR/KBUR’s “On Point” to talk Drive-Thru Dreams, American mobility, fast-food history, and Taco Bell.
Kate Bernot and I caught up about the culture and criticism of fast food for The Takeout.
Over at Vox, Rachel Sugar and I discussed how fast food explains national divides and offers unlikely meeting places.
I went on BBC “World News America” to talk about the book and why fast food is such an American phenomenon.
I also talked about Drive-Thru Dreams and American history with Anna Diamond over at The Smithsonian.
Just ahead of its release, Drive-Thru Dreams was named a
Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week.
The first three reviews of Drive-Thru Dreams are out!