Elissa Altman is the critically-acclaimed author of Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw, Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking and the James Beard Award-winning narrative blog of the same name. Upon its hardcover publication in 2013, The New York Times Book Review declared Poor Man’s Feast to be “one of the finest food memoirs of recent years.”

Altman’s work has appeared everywhere from Tin House and O: The Oprah Magazine to Tablet, The New York Times, Saveur, Krista Tippett’s On Being, and in the Washington Post, where her year-long column, Feeding My Mother launched a conversation about nurturing, sustenance, and the moral imperative to make senior citizens part of our national food dialogue. She spoke live at TEDx in 2016 on the concept of The Modern Tribal Fire. Her work has been selected for inclusion in Best Food Writing for six years and in 2016 was a finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, awarded by The Southampton Review. She speaks widely on issues of sustenance and the power and importance of storytelling, and teaches the craft of memoir both in the United States and abroad. She lives in Newtown, Connecticut with her family.

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