DJ Bubbles
"DJ Bubbles" is Slice's Manhattan pizza correspondent.

Lucy Baker
Lucy Baker is a freelance food writer and the author of the forthcoming cookbook, The Boozy Baker: 75 Recipes for Spirited Sweets.

Mario Batali
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:

Robin Bellinger
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.

Penny Cherubino
Publisher of, 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
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.

Carolyn Cope
Carolyn Cope writes Umami Girl and manages a CSA in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Gina DePalma
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.

Joe DiStefano
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
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
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

Nikki Goldstein
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
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
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.

Leslie Kelly
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 and recently launched a story-telling project for Northstar Winery following one wine from the vine to the table.

Blake Killian
Blake Killian cooks and photographs food for his blog, Blake Makes. He lives in New Orleans, where he works as a new media marketing consultant.

Nick Kindelsperger
Nick Kindelsperger is a co-founder of The Paupered Chef, a blog dedicated to saving time and money while enjoying food in every way possible. He is based in Columbus, Ohio.

Melody Kramer
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

Andrea Lynn
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.

Jennifer Maiser
Jennifer Maiser lives in San Francisco. She is the founder and editor of the Eat Local Challenge website and writes at Life Begins at 30, her personal weblog.

Joy Manning
Joy Manning is the restaurant critic at Philadelphia Magazine. She blogs at

Tara Mataraza Desmond
Tara Mataraza Desmond writes about, cooks, and eats food for a living. She blogs about food and life through words and pictures at Crumbs On My Keyboard.

Michael Nagrant
Michael Nagrant writes for Serious Eats from Chicago, where he also publishes Hungry magazine. Michael never met an organ meat he didn't like. He hopes to meet many more.

Michael Natkin
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.

Jessie Oleson
Jessie Oleson is a Seattle-based writer, illustrator, and cake anthropologist who runs Cakespy, an award-winning dessert website.

Blake Royer
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.

Kerry Saretsky
Kerry Saretsky is creating her own French Revolution, one recipe at a time. She is working on a book of French recipes, and a novel, and many, many blog posts for Serious Eats.

Laren Spirer
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
Kristen Swensson is a Brooklyn-based TV writer who runs 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
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.

Daniel Zemans
Daniel Zemans checks in weekly on Slice with Chicago pizza intel and covers events and gatherings in the Windy City.

Lee Zalben
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.

Contributors Emeritus

Matthew Amster-Burton
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.

Zach Brooks
Zach Brooks is the proprietor of Midtown Lunch, where he blogs about affordable lunchtime eats in Midtown Manhattan. The guy knows his sandwiches.

Amanda Clarke
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
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.

Jamie Forrest
Jamie Forrest publishes from his apartment in Brooklyn, New York, where he lives with his wife, his daughter, and his cheese.

Larry Gonick
Larry Gonick, a San Francisco–based 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
Dorie Greenspan is the author of several books on dessert, most recently Baking: From My Home to Yours. Dorie can also be found at and on the Bon App├ętit website, where she is a special correspondent.

The Gurgling Cod
The Gurgling Cod, aka 'Fesser, writes The Gurgling Cod, a blog that is primarily concerned with food.

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
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
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.

Michele Humes
Michele Humes is a writer, a Slavophile and a noodle soup enthusiast. She enjoys Brussels sprouts above almost all else.

Deb Perelman
Deb Perelman writes about and photographs food incessantly in her tiny Smitten Kitchen, on the slightly less-tiny island of Manhattan.

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
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
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.