I use food as a medium to improve microbial literacy. Below are some examples of my writing about food microbes.


I'm delighted to be collaborating with Bronwen Percival of Neal's Yard Dairy on MicrobialFoods.org, a website that digests the science of fermented foods. With profiles of people who make or study microbial foods, microbe guides with information on specific microbes used in fermentations, and feature articles that explore important topics in depth, we bring you the latest news and information about the science of microbial foods.

Chefology | Boston magazine

Boston magazine published an online series written by chef Scott Jones and I on the biology of food.

American Microbial Terroir | Lucky Peach

In issue 4 of Lucky Peach (David Chang's now defunct journal of food and writing), I explored how microbial communities of naturally aged American salami could provide insights into microbial terroir.

The Other Yeasts | The World of Fine Wines

In edition 42 of The World of Fine Wines, I highlighted some of the important contributions of lesser known yeasts to the production of food.

Apocalyptic Rot | Lucky Peach

In issue 6 of Lucky Peach, I explored the microbial ecology of food spoilage in a post-apocalyptic world.

Microbial Street Food | Lucky Peach

Who's eating the cigarette butts that line our city sidewalks? And what can they tell us about the ecology of microbes? Check out my microbial safari of the streets of Boston in Issue 10 of Lucky Peach.

He Smells Sea Smells By the Seashore | Lucky Peach

What creates the distinct smell of the ocean? In this piece this piece, I present a few biological processes that bring you the odors of the sea.

To the Phyllosphere and Beyond | Lucky Peach

Microbes that live on plant leaves (the phyllosphere) impact the quantity and quality of food that we eat. Here are a few of my favorite examples.