Elissa Altman is the critically-acclaimed author of the upcoming memoir, Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw (NAL, September 2016), Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking (Berkley, 2015), 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 five consecutive years and in 2016 her essay Thief of Beauty was a finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, awarded by The Southampton Review.
Elissa was born in Manhattan and raised in Forest Hills, Queens during the 1960s and 1970s, a place and time that significantly informs her work, both fiction and memoir. She graduated from Boston University where she received a degree in English, studied at Gonville & Caius College/Cambridge University, and in the late 1980s attended Peter Kump’s Cooking School in New York. She has been an avid guitarist since the age of four, studying for years with Ed Simon. She has been a longtime book doctor and acquisitions/development editor working across several genres, including fiction, memoir, and food. She lives in Newtown, Connecticut with her family.
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