I’ve written for many national magazines, including The New York Times, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit,, Vogue, Glamour, Self, Marie Claire, Mother Jones, the Daily Beast, San Francisco Examiner Magazine, O: the Oprah Magazine, and many others. I’ve been a contributing editor at Health, Good Housekeeping, and now at More. Many of my articles are listed below.

Of any essay I’ve ever written, this one, “Why I Stopped Being a Vegetarian,” originally published in in 2000,  has been reprinted most, mainly in college readers.

This essay, “My Mother, the Adventurer,” originally published in O, the Oprah Magazine in 2002, is another I’m fond of, which has also had a lot of play.
My essay, “Food for the Heart,” (Eating Well, January/February 2007) won the Bert Greene Award for Essay Writing from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (

Here are a few others.

Showdown at the Edge of the Continent
Environmentalists, ranchers, hikers, tule elk, and red-legged frogs fight for a permanent place in Point Reyes National Seashore.








The Shock of the Nuevophoto
May 2015
On contemporary Native American art in Santa Fe




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Human Parts
August, 2015


 William Zinsser, The Man Who Taught a Nation to Write  Well
Al Jazeera
May 14, 2015
A tribute to a writing mentor

If Rugs Could Talk
October, 2014
Artist Will Wilson software-generated Navajo weaving

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December, 2013
Three essays on Italy and eating: Italy in 17 Courses, An Affair to Remember, and The Risotto Guru




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A River Runs Through Us
October, 2013
Fly-fishing in Yellowstone is the stuff of dreams; fly-fishing with your 85-year-old father is the stuff of memories.




Joy In Her Bones
Spirituality and Health
May, 2013
A story about the Day of the Dead in Mexico, and building an altar to my mother

Antibacterial Soap: Safe Suds or Snake Oil?
December, 2012
The main ingredient in most antibacterial soaps is not only useless, it’s bad for you

The Long Goodbye
Whole Living
October, 2012
In today’s fast-paced world, can we find a place for slowing down and grieving the old-fashioned way?

The Reluctant Executioner
San Francisco Magazine
July, 2012
Jeanne Woodford, former warden of San Quentin, is now leading the fight against the death penalty in California.

 “The Rice Man Cometh”
Real Eats
August 18, 2011
On a chance encounter in Italy, the author meets a true risotto master and learns the meaning of mastering herself.

“Is Your Shampoo Making You Fat?”
June 27, 2011
Essay on “obesogens,” the chemicals that may be contributing to our obesity.

“Moving Day”
Responsibility Project
June 17, 2011
Essay on my parents’ difficult decision to move from their home of 44 years.

“It’s the Height of Contradictions: Despite inhospitable terrain, the Atacama Desert lures visitors with its stark beauty.”
Los Angeles Times travel section
May 22, 2011
Travel piece on the Atacama Desert in Chile.

“Top Java”
Responsibility Project
May 10, 2011
Article on Equator Coffee founders Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell, running their own sustainable coffee farm in Panama.

“Kicking the Chemical Habit”
April 26, 2011
Profile of organic strawberry farmer James Cochran.

Resident, “What’s Most Alive in Palermo is the Food”
January/February 2011
A tour of Palermo’s food markets and historic sites with Fabrizia Lanza, director of the Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School, whose family has lived in the city since the time of the Normans.

Soccer, Soaps and Social Change
The Responsibility Project
December 7, 2011
Report on Search for Common Ground’s project using soap operas around the world to teach people about mediating tribal and ethnic conflicts.

Dance of the Spider Women
July/August 2010
In a forgotten corner of Italy, musicians turn a mystical tradition into a source of passionate regional pride.

Modern Love: Our Way of Saying Goodbye
The New York Times
May 30, 2010

When Home Competes for an Ardent Traveler’s Affections—and Wins
7×7 Magazine
May 2010

The Joy of Mindful Cooking
Practicing awareness in the kitchen
Tricycle Buddhist Review
Fall 2009
(Included in Best Buddhist Writing 2010 anthology)

The Anti-Aging Effects of Meditation
May 2009

Will Americans Flee Mexico?
Amid the flu hysteria, Americans currently south of the border weigh the risks of leaving town or staying put
The Daily Beast
May 2, 2009

Women Who Eat Meat
Women are taking butchery classes and embracing the new compassionate meat-eating ethos. Will a new study showing the health risks of red meat for women send us scurrying back to the salad bar?
The Daily Beast
April 2, 2009

In Defense of My Drinking Habit
A new study suggests that one glass of alcohol is good for you but two could be lethal. What’s a gal with a half-bottle-a-day habit to do?
The Daily Beast
March 22, 2009

Om is Where the Heart is
September 2008
A profile of Gymboree founder and yogini Joan Barnes

A Mid-Summer Day’s Skiing
Skiing in summer in Portillo, Chile
July/August 2008

The Ten Hottest Italian Restaurants in San Francisco
May 29, 2008

Fitness Book Camp
May 2008

My So-Called Genius
What happens when you hit midlife and are no longer precocious?
April 2008

A Tree Grows in the Haight Ashbury
Essay about raising a redwood tree in the Haight for 25 years
San Francisco Chronicle Magazine
March 23, 2008

Just Desserts
December 2007/January 2008.