Hi there.  I'm Michelle, a writer, reader, eater, thinker, mama, wife and dinner party enthusiast in Brooklyn. 

My first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, was published in 2009 by Random House in the United States and Murdoch Books in Australia. A year later, Swiat Ksiazki translated and published it in Poland. Gastronomy was a Barnes & Noble Breakout Book and a Target Discover Great New Writers selection.  The New York Times called it "charming" and "writerly," and Publisher's Weekly described it as a "subtle Valentine to cooking and New York City life." I think of it as a rumination on identity — with food. 

My career has always been a two-step, between food writing and technology.

I wrote the beginnings of Gastronomy while editor-in-chief of a business-technology magazine. And during a long stint as a news writer for eWEEK.com (four stories a day for four years, an act of discipline as much as a profession) I created the Sweet Pea blog for Forbes, about raising a smart vegetarian; wrote about my family's 90-year-old Brooklyn sandwich shop for Gourmet; drank pounds of wood-roasted coffee for Saveur; and, among other things, kept a personal blog about falling in love with my farmers market.

Most recently, I joined the marketing team of a big-data start-up. It turns out responding to analytics is a satisfyingly balance to the emotional work of creating a project. 

I hope you like what you see here, and that you'll stay for a while. Thanks for dropping by.