About Me

I am an author, software engineer and architect, fermenter, health coach, real food activist, trained chef, raw milk drinker, motorcycle and scooter rider, and urban bicyclist. I write the blog, Feed Me Like You Mean It. I think that Ball jars are the ultimate glassware. My heroes include Sandor Katz, Sally Fallon, Vandana Shiva, Kurt Vonnegut, Anthony Bourdain, and Alan Turing.

My first book, Real Food Fermentation, came out in June 2012. It is the first fully illustrated, step by step guide to creating simple fermented foods at home.

My career has spanned internet giants (Yahoo!), supercomputer companies, financial companies, consumer electronics manufacturers, and food software companies. I studied math as an undergraduate at Harvard, and I have since been to school to study cooking and nutrition.

In my food and health work, I call myself a health strategist. I cultivate health through food and action, by helping people to set health goals for themselves, and meet them; advocating for real and healthy food; educating people and communities about health, wellness, food safety, and food preserving; and empowering people to retake control of their food. I do all of these things through my private health coaching practice; through my widely-read blog; through my service on the board of the Boston Public Market Association, which is creating a year-round local food market in the Boston area; through other projects, including cooking demonstrations and a food sustainability book club that I created; and through day to day interaction with people!

I have been featured for my work in numerous publications, including Harvard Magazine, Edible Boston, Stuff Magazine (Boston), and on public radio.

Andrew Weil was one of the first influences on my food consciousness. He taught me that pharmaceuticals are not generally the answer for chronic health problems. Barry Sears showed me that what we eat, and when we eat it, can have a huge influence on our energy levels. Others have shown me that the Standard American Diet is just that--SAD. For a long time, I read all the health and wellness books I could find. Many of them struck a chord, but I always felt like I was getting only a small piece of the story. Then Sandor Katz revealed to me the magic of fermentation, and Sally Fallon showed me how the rest of the puzzle pieces fit together.

My goal is to share with the world basic truths about how humans and animals are meant to live, hope for a long and healthy life on the earth, the legacy of Dr. Weston A. Price, and my love of food in general and of sustainable meat, fermented vegetables, and real dairy in particular. I believe that the key to creating sustainable and healthy food supply chains throughout the world is for each of us to demand real food, local food, and healthy food, and for us to prepare that food in a conscious manner.