The stories that speak to all of us share one universal truth:
We all have to eat.
Susan’s food writing philosophy
Early on in my journalism career, I made a life-changing discovery: If you want to get people to open up, turn the conversation to food. It is one of the rare topics we all have something to say about.
I wrote my first cookbook at age 23 and since then have edited award-winning food sections for major newspapers, written for many magazines, produced or collaborated on 10 cookbooks, organized and spoken at food writing events, judged cookbook and food journalism competitions, and taught a food-focused magazine writing class. I’ve loved it all. What gives me the most satisfaction, though, is helping others tell their stories.
I have coached several food professionals through proposals that have landed lucrative cookbook deals and helped bring their projects to fruition. I also provide short-term consultations for those who need advice at any stage along the way. To find out how we might work together, get in touch.
I live in Decatur, Georgia, with my journalist husband, Ralph Ellis, and our sweet, snaggle-toothed rescued greyhound, Laney.
I’m a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the James Beard Foundation and the Association of Food Journalists. I also serve on the planning committee for the Decatur Book Festival and speaks at a variety of events, including the Southern Food Writing Conference, International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference, and the Delta Tamale Festival.
Just recently, Eddie Hernandez, executive chef of Taqueria del Sol restaurants and I co-authored and published a book, Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices up the Southern Kitchen.