I came up with the idea for WIRED’s August 2016 cover package, which we nicknamed the Thinking Eater’s Guide to Food. The goal was to help readers synthesize competing issues of environmental concerns, nutrition, and scalability. I also wrote a story explaining what foods readers should turn to during the never-ending California drought. The package was nominated for a National Magazine Award in the Leisure Interest category in 2017.
Previously, I had analyzed a research paper about water consumption of different crops to create the WIRED guide to produce that won’t make the drought worse.
I reviewed J. Kenji López-Alt’s new book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, for WIRED.com. I later interviewed Lopez-Alt onstage for the Commonwealth Club.
For Wired’s October 2013 cover package about the future of food, I interviewed Steve Gundrum, CEO of the food development firm Mattson Foods, about how the company comes up with new snackables and what’s up with all the kale.
Wired, June 2008
Organic isn’t just Farmer John; it’s Big Ag. Plenty of pesticide-free foods are shipped thousands of miles in carbon-dioxide-belching trucks. In some cases, conventional agriculture can be kinder to the planet. This article was part of a Wired cover package.
Wired, February 2008
Journalists love to kvetch, so it’s no surprise that Wired published a cover package called “Why Things Suck.” The package, which I co-created, aimed to explain the scientific reasons that, for example, office printers jam or human knees fail. In addition to editing several pieces, I explained why your tomatoes taste terrible (short answer: because you’re eating them in February!) and why fertility treatments fail so often (short answer: gametes are fragile).