About the Author

Heather Arndt Anderson is a Portland, Oregon-based plant ecologist, food writer, and speaker.

Heather is the author of three books on culinary history and wrote the Pacific Northwest chapter in the 4-volume Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2011). Her work has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Atlantic. Her recipes have been published in the cookbooks One Big Table: 600 Recipes from the Nation’s Best Home Cooks, Farmers, Fishermen, Pit-Masters, and Chefs, and Boozy Brunch: The Quintessential Guide to Daytime DrinkingHeather is a columnist with the Portland Mercury and is a contributing writer to the magazines Roads & Kingdoms, Portland Monthly, Render Feminist Food & Culture Quarterly, Narratively and Fish & Game Quarterly.


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