I was born in Philadelphia but decided at the age of six to move to New York City, which I did immediately after graduating from Williams College in 1982. I spent a couple of years waiting on tables and writing mediocre short stories before getting my first publishing job. After a detour to Cambridge, MA, I resumed my editorial career at Viking Penguin, where I edited cookbooks, science books, and…poetry. I returned to work after I had my son, but one day he started crying when the babysitter handed him over to me at the end of the day, and that was it. I gave notice, thus embarking on my career as a writer. In 2004, I began publishing articles and essays in anthologies, magazines such as Food & Wine, O, and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Then I commenced more than a decade of regular freelance reviewing for the New York Times Sunday Book Review. The Bread and the Knife is my first book. I live with my son, Andrew, in New York City, where I am currently at work on a novel.