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Upcoming Events

February 26: New York Public Library

Yorkville Branch, 5:30 PM

February 26: Sarah Lawrence Alumni Writers Night, 7:00 PM

February 27: Tenafly (NJ)

Kaplen JCC, 10:30 AM

March 19: Newport Beach (CA)

Newport Beach Public Library

Latest News

I joined the Gastropod podcast to talk about how McDonalds became a juggernaut and fast foods unlikely place in civil rights movement. 


Drive-Thru Dreams made NPRs 2019 list of favorite books.

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.


Sarah Gonzalez and I talked about the history and future of french fries for NPRs Planet Money.

I joined the legendary Ed Levine for the Serious Eats podcast Special Sauce” to talk food and writing. Part I | Part II


The great Houston Matters had me on to discuss the cult of Whataburger and Americas affection for fast food. 

I drove around with Derrick Shore of KPRCHouston Life and visited Whataburger, Taco Bell, and McDonalds.

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.

joined Texas Public Radios 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.

I joined NPR/KCURCentral Standard” to chat Kansas history and how White Castle transformed the hamburger into the national meal.

Louisa Torres of NPRs The Salt and I discussed the intricacies and complexities of Americas relationship with fast food.


Drive-Thru Dreams has been selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Month by Amazon Book Review.

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!

Latest Work

I wrote about the history and implications of New York Citys foie gras ban for Inside Hook. (11/7)

I wrote about the vaunted, viral Popeyes chicken sandwich and the very involved creative process of its culinary team for TIME. (9/9)


My second book excerpt about the wild life and times of Colonel Harland Sanders is now live at Eater. (7/26)


Heres my first book excerpt(!) about the unexpected power of fast food as neutral, national third places for The Atlantic. (6/25)


For TIME, I try to explain the Texan despair over the sale of Whataburger to a Chicago investment firm. (6/21)


I wrote the Five Myths feature for The Washington Post about, well, fast food. (6/15)

I covered the recent national McDonalds protests in the context of the entire restaurant industry for The Washington Post. (6/3)

For VinePair, I wrote about what Maker's Mark legend Bill Samuels, Jr., learned as an assistant to the Colonel Harland Sanders. (5/3)

For The Washington Post, I wrote about the glory and irrational optimism of baseball's opening day. (4/30)