Kelly Alexander is a writer and an anthropologist of food based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For many years she was a senior editor at Saveur magazine, during which she became the youngest writer to win a James Beard Journalism Award for reporting. Prior to joining Saveur, Alexander worked as an editor at Food & Wine magazine. Her essays and articles on food have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Gourmet, The Oxford American, The New Republic, O: The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, and many other publications. She has written and co-written a number of cookbooks, including the New York Times bestseller Smokin' with the barbecue pit master Myron Mixon, now in its twelfth printing, and the critically acclaimed culinary biography Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer. Alexander has been a regular contributor on the subject of food for NPR programs across the country. She is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and PhD candidate in cultural anthropology at Duke University. Her dissertation fieldwork focuses on a network of activists, cooks, and volunteers working to recirculate food waste in Brussels, Belgium.
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The Cast-Off Kitchens of Brussels
“Chef Nena,” as she is known, is a lifelong Bruxelloise and the head trainer at a restaurant in Brussels called Bel Mundo. One late afternoon during dinner prep... More
Europe in the Balance: An Introduction
Soon, nostalgia will be another name for Europe.—Angela Carter, British novelist, in her review of John Berger’s Once Upon a Time in Europe, the Washington Post... More
Europe in the Balance
Europe seems to be plunging into crises of demographic and economic displacements, heightened nationalism, and general unrest. Wealthy countries that have enjoy... More