"DJ Bubbles" is Slice's Manhattan pizza correspondent.
Lucy Baker is a freelance food writer and the author of the forthcoming cookbook, The Boozy Baker: 75 Recipes for Spirited Sweets.
Mario Batali has created a thriving restaurant empire and has established himself as a top restaurateur. Together with his partner, Joe Bastianich, he operates seven New York City hotspots. Mario splits his time between New York City's Greenwich Village and northern Michigan with his wife, Susan Cahn, of Coach Dairy Goat Farm, and their two sons. More Mario: mariobatali.com.
Robin Bellinger recently escaped a career in book publishing, which was cutting into her cooking time. Now she's a freelance editor and can bake bread on Tuesday afternoon if she feels like it. She lives in Midtown Manhattan with her husband and blogs about cooking and crafting at home*economics.
Publisher of BostonZest.com, Penny Cherubino is a perpetual student of food, wine, cheese and the good things in life. She loves cooking, dining out and being part of the Boston food community.
Paul Clarke blogs about cocktails at The Cocktail Chronicles and writes regularly on spirits and cocktails for Imbibe magazine. He lives in Seattle, where he works as a writer and magazine editor.
Gina DePalma is the pastry chef at Mario Batali's Babbo restaurant in New York City and the author of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen. She is currently in Rome doing research for her next book and further exploring her passions for Italian food.
As a child, intrepid eater Joe DiStefano used to cut notches in apples and fill them with lunch meat. This goes a long way toward explaining his obsession with bizarre grub.
Tressa Eaton is a Virginia native and a Brooklyn-based freelance writer. She writes about all things green and food-related. When she's not cooking, writing, crafting, or wrangling her Weimaraner, she's dreaming about a magical farmhouse located in Brooklyn, complete with chickens and a mini Jersey cow.
Leah Greenstein is a Los Angeles-based food and wine writer. Her favorite bumper sticker says: Talk Nerdy to Me. You can find more about L.A.'s farmers' markets and seasonal recipes on her blog SpicySaltySweet.com.
Nikki Goldstein fell into food writing as a way to get free meals (not involving cold pizza) during college, and has been thanking her lucky stars for directing her into such a tasty way of life ever since. Now, she writes for a variety of publications as she eats her way up and down the East Coast.
Deb Harkness is an award-winning wine blogger from the popular site Good Wine Under $20. Dedicated to exploring everyday wine culture with an attention to value, Deb scours the globe for grapes that deliver food-friendly flavor at affordable prices. A historian and author by day, she is delighted to be among the foodies here on Serious Eats.
Maggie Hoffman is always looking for good beer, good wine, and a few good restaurants to recommend. She hails from Oregon, but loves living in New York City. She also writes about cooking for Pithy and Cleaver.
Former Seattle Post-Intelligencer restaurant critic Leslie Kelly has been working in professional kitchens since the newspaper folded in March and chronicling her culinary journey from pen to pan for Serious Eats. She also blogs at LeslieKellyWhiningandDining.blogspot.com and recently launched a story-telling project for Northstar Winery following one wine from the vine to the table.
Melody Kramer is a chocoholic living in Philadelphia. She writes for a variety of publications in order to fuel her sweet tooth.
J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
J. Kenji Lopez-Alt spent many years as a chef, recipe developer, writer, and editor in Boston. He now lives in New York with his wife, where he runs a private chef business, KA Cuisine, and co-writes the blog GoodEater.org.
Andrea Lynn is senior editor for Chile Pepper magazine, where she not only creates a wide range of zesty recipes for readers, but also participates in numerous tastings for hot sauce, salsa, and other spice-laden products (even chocolate!). Her favorite chile? A tie between the mild yet flavorful poblano and the mighty, reliable fire of the serrano.
Michael Natkin is an aspiring professional chef in Seattle. As the founder of the blog Herbivoracious, he's on a mission to show the world that vegetarian cuisine can be modern, satisfying and delicious. When he's not cooking, Michael is a senior software engineer at Adobe Systems.
Blake Royer lives in Brooklyn and spends most of his free time cooking and writing about it here at Serious Eats and on The Paupered Chef. From 9 to 5 weekdays, he works as an assistant book editor in Manhattan.
Laren Spirer is yet another lawyer obsessed with food. When she's not eating, drinking, cooking--or thinking about what to eat, drink, or cook--she can be found cycling, running, or swimming (likely in preparation for a triathlon) or blogging at Sweet Blog o' Mine.
Kristen Swensson is a Brooklyn-based TV writer who runs CheapHealthyGood.blogspot.com. She'd like to become a better cook, eradicate mayonnaise from the face of the earth, and maybe meet Bono. Sometimes, when no one is looking, she talks to eggplant.
Chichi Wang took her degree in philosophy, but decided that writing about food would be much more fun than writing about Plato. She firmly believes in all things offal, the importance of reading great books, and the necessity of three-hour meals. If she were ever to get a tattoo, it would say "Fat is flavor." Visit her blog, My Chalkboard Fridge.
Lee Zalben was a PB&J-loving kid that grew up to be the founder and president of Peanut Butter & Co, which began as a Greenwich Village sandwich shop serving nothing but peanut butter sandwiches and expanded to include the now-famous line of all natural flavored peanut butter. Lee is a graduate of Vassar College and enjoys traveling the world in search of interesting foods made with peanuts, tree nuts, and seeds. When he's not working, eating, flying or writing, he enjoys scuba diving and training elephants.
Matthew Amster-Burton lives in Seattle. His work appears frequently in the Seattle Times and Seattle magazine. He also maintains the blog Roots and Grubs. His favorite food is pad Thai.
Amanda Clarke is a recovering restaurant pastry chef with a background in architecture. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she writes, tests, and develops recipes and works on freelance food-styling gigs between walkings and feedings of her two dogs and husband.
Cathy Danh lives in Saigon, where she works as a copy editor and writer. She aims to eat five-a-day, and avoids trans-fats like the plague. When she's not blogging, talking, or reading about food, she's likely running along the Saigon River.
Larry Gonick, a San Franciscobased cartoonist, is an avid and very fine home cook. He did a series of recipe cartoons for newspapers that we've always loved and which Serious Eats now brings to you from Larry's archives each Sunday.
Dorie Greenspan is the author of several books on dessert, most recently Baking: From My Home to Yours. Dorie can also be found at DorieGreenspan.com and on the Bon Appétit website, where she is a special correspondent.
Melissa Booth Hall
Melissa Booth Hall, a Southern Foodways Alliance staff member, grew up in Middlesboro, Kentucky, just a few hundred yards from the Cumberland Gap. Her culinary education began at age four, when she was allowed to stand on a chair in front of a gas stove and make fried pies. She has Centre College and Chase College of Law to thank for her everything-else education. A lawyer by training, she recently figured out a way to turn her passion for food into a paying job.
Brian Halweil is the editor of Edible East End, the magazine that celebrates the harvest of the Hamptons and the North Fork. He is also publisher of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. He writes about the things we eat from the old whaling village of Sag Harbor, New York, where he and his wife tend a home garden and orchard and go clamming when the tides allow.
Hannah Howard is a student at Columbia and a server at Casellula. She is enamored with Kalustyans' dizzying array of spices and with all wines bubbly.
Ree, The Pioneer Woman
Ree, The Pioneer Woman, is the proprietor of Confessions of a Pioneer Woman and The Pioneer Woman Cooks. As she describes herself: "I'm a former city girl. I used to live in Los Angeles, where I wore black pumps, ran into celebrities, and ate sushi, Thai food, and Mediterranean cuisine every time I turned around. Then I met and married a hunky cattle rancher, moved to his ranch in the middle of nowhere, and spent the next decade figuring out how to cook for men who think the sun rises and sets in a steak and baked potato. It's been a hilarious culinary journey."
Adam Roberts is also The Amateur Gourmet, and he likes to cook and take pictures of his food at restaurants. Although pasta is what he likes to make the most ("It would be my last meal," he says), his heart is truly devoted to dessert in all its forms. Perhaps his penchant for sweets is his way of rebelling against his father, who, it so happens, is a dentist.
Emily Stone, proprietor of Chocolate in Context, is a chocolate enthusiast, itinerant traveler, and a lover of literature who lives in Pittsburgh. She's been a movie reviewer, a reproductive health researcher, and an independent bookstore owner. Her writing has appeared in the magazines Budget Travel, Travel + Leisure, and Time Out New York, as well as on the websites World Hum and Epicurious.
Wan Yan Ling
Wan Yan Ling is an impoverished grad student and sourdough finger-crosser living in Rhode Island. She can usually be found in the kitchen procrastinating on "real work" or online tracking down obscure recipes. Ling thinks eating alone is no fun, and she still believes in hand-mixing.