Latest Work

Heres a deep dive I wrote for Marker on the eerie, wild rise of ghost kitchens during the pandemic.


At The Washington Post, I wrote about what Capitol attack reveals about the mainstreaming of political violence.

For Marker, I dove into Japans konbini culture and the future of 7-Elevens. 

Over at Slate, I added vital context to the Colonel Sanders Lifetime movie with tales of his real life, um, lust. 


I wrote about working as a census taker and the total chaos of the 2020 count for The Atlantic.


Heres a piece about the dangers of dining culture for restaurant workers during the pandemic for The Washington Post.


For The Washington Post, I wrote on the White Houses authoritarian-tinged efforts to downplay the coronavirus death toll.


Heres an opinion piece I wrote for The Washington Post arguing that we should politicize the coronavirus crisis.

For Vox, I took a long look at the social conditions that turned fitness trackers into a consumer fixture. 


I wrote on the history and implications of NYCs foie gras ban for Inside Hook. 

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. 


I wrote the Five Myths feature for The Washington Post about, well, fast food. 

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Latest News

I’m on a few episodes of Season Two of The History Channels The Food That Built America. Stream here!


I launched The Crunchwrap, a semi-frequent newsletter on Substack. Check it out here!


Dr. Marcia Chatelain and I discussed the fast-food franchises that disappeared for the Americas Test Kitchen podcast Proof.

I spoke with Tracy Smith for CBS Sunday Morning about drive-thru culture in the time of coronavirus. 

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.

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


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

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!



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