Tootise Tomanetz (pit master at Snow's BBQ) and me at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest.

   Tootise Tomanetz (pit master at Snow's BBQ) and me at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest.

I’m a writer based in Austin by way of Rhode Island, New Orleans, New York and a year abroad in Madrid, Spain. I’ve tried lots of odd jobs over the years. Some of them include cheesemonger, farmers market coordinator, and youth gardening instructor. Writing, particularly about food and travel, is the only thing that ever stuck. Today my work appears in magazines and on websites like Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, Gastronomica, Serious Eats, BUST, The Local Palate, Fodor’s, Modern Farmer, CNN Eatocracy, and numerous local publications.

Like any good Austinite, I stay updated on the new-restaurant-of-the-moment buzz. But my favorite stories explore dishes and ingredients that make a place truly unique, like barbacoa in South Texas, pepper farming in Cambodia, or distilling cognac in France. I’ve also been known to smoke a pastrami or stuff a sausage from time to time.

You can reach me by email at hello at meredithbethune dot com or on Twitter @meredithbethune.