John Birdsall

A headshot of John Birdsall, a contributing writer at Serious Eats.
Location: Oakland, California
Education: University of California, Berkeley
Expertise: Food culture
  • John Birdsall is a James Beard Award-winning writer based in Oakland, California.
  • He's co-author of the cookbook Hawker Fare and author of the James Beard biography The Man Who Ate Too Much.
  • His work has been published in Lucky Peach, the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal Magazine, Saveur, Food & Wine, and Bon Appétit, in addition to Serious Eats.


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