Alex Witchel worked at the New York Times from
1990 to 2014 as a reporter and columnist in the
culture and style departments. She originated
the Feed Me column in the Dining Section and
was a staff writer for the Sunday magazine.
She has also written for Vanity Fair, New York,
Vogue, Elle, Town & Country, Gourmet and
Saveur, among other publications. She is the
author of four books, most recently, All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother’s
Dementia. With Refreshments.
Always be hungry.”
Ellen Zachos is the foraging expert for About.
com (foraging.about.com) where she writes
about what she loves most: foraging for wild
edibles and devising recipes that let those
wild ingredients shine. She is the author of
Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You
Didn’t Know You Could Eat and is currently
working on a book about foraged cocktails. A
graduate of Harvard University and the New York Botanical Gardens,
Ellen lectures frequently across the USA.
Find your passion, find your niche, and don’t be
afraid to show the real you. I spent years writing the
way I thought other people wanted me to write; it was boring,
unsatisfying, and not very good. You can only be compelling,
enticing, exciting when you write from the heart, with your own
true humor and love. Not everyone will get you, but those who
do will really get you.”
Contributor Photo Credits: Alex Witchel/Fred R. Conrad, Ellen Zachos/Adam Mastoon