Summer 2008 Contributors

Meg Campbell – Writer
Meg Campbell is a poet and founder and Executive Director of Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester. She can be reached at

Irene Costello – Writer
Irene Costello, Managing Partner, Effie's Homemade and Ruby Chard Cooking Classes. After 20 years in the corporate world, Irene broke out to develop her passion for cooking. She earned her a Master's of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy and a certificate in Culinary Arts from Boston University and a certificate in Wine Studies from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.  Irene joined forces with Joan MacIsaac in 2005 bringing a unique combination of culinary and business experience. Irene earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. You can reach her at

Rosie DeQuattro – Writer
Free-lance food writer and a member of SlowFood, Rosie DeQuattro lives in Acton, MA with her furniture-maker/physician husband, Jerry Berke, and their dog, Rita. Rosie can be reached at

James Kenji Alt – Writer
James Kenji Alt is an associate editor and recipe developer at Cook's Illustrated magazine. He's lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts for 10 years and has worked in some of the finest restaurants in Boston. His interests include fishing, farmers markets and cheeseburgers. He can be reached at

Susan Koechner – Writer
Susan Koechner is a freelance writer and avid forager whose work can be seen at She is also a maker of almost-edible organic soap that can be found at the Central Square and Harvard Square farmers markets and online at

John Lee – Writer
John Lee is the manager of Allandale Farm (Boston’s Last Working Farm), which specializes, in naturally-grown local produce. He occasionally writes for local news outlets and is deeply involved with farming and locally-grown issues in Massachusetts.

Clare Leschin-Hoar – Writer
Freelance food-writer Clare Leschin-Hoar as been sipping plenty of West County Cider with her friends and family at home in Massacusetts. Her work can be seen at

Joan MacIsaac – Writer
Joan MacIsaac, Executive Chef/Partner, Effie's Homemade and Ruby Chard Cooking Classes. Joan brings more than 20 years professional culinary experience to Effie's Homemade and Ruby Chard. She worked six years in the restaurant industry, culminating as chef at Dahlia Lounge in Seattle before returning to Boston to start her own business, Ruby Chard Catering in 1996. Expanding the business to cooking classes in 2003, Joan later partnered with Irene in 2005 delving into corporate team building cooking classes. Recently Joan consulted for The Food Project, working within their catering services and teaching youth a curriculum in culinary arts. Effie's Homemade was launched in February 2008. You can reach her at

Kim Motylewski – Writer
Kim Motylewski is a print and radio journalist based in Cambridge. She reports on the intersections of food, health and the environment. She can be reached at

Michael Piazza –Photographer
Michael Piazza ( was born and raised and schooled in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2000 his photography career moved him to New York City. While working for such clients as Saveur, Food Arts, and The Australian Financial Review, Michael also contributed work to Slow Food USA and Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard. He has recently completed 2 cookbooks - Simple Italian Sandwiches and A Ligurian Kitchen. He currently lives in Watertown with his wife and two tail-less cats.

Genevieve Rajewski – Writer
Genevieve Rajewski frequently writes about food and wine--or better yet, all manners of snacking and sipping. Her publication credits include  Washington Post Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, Cooking Light, Imbibe and The Boston Phoenix among many others. Read more at

Elizabeth Gawthrop Riely – Writer
Elizabeth Gawthrop Riely edits the Radcliffe Culinary Times, newsletter of the Schlesinger Library at Harvard, on the history of food. Her dictionary, The Chef’s Companion (John Wiley & Sons), in print for 21 years, is now in its 3rd edition, marking changes in the edible landscape. You may find her at the Brookline or Newton Farmers’ Market.

Naz Sioshansi – Writer
Naz Sioshansi is a freelance writer living in Boston, MA with her husband. She has written for The Boston Phoenix, and Wayside Magazine. She can be reached at

Rachel Travers – Writer
Rachel Travers is a freelance food, lifestyle and travel writer who has contributed regularly to The Boston Globe, as well as a smattering of regional and national magazines and online sites. She is currently on the Board of the Boston Public Market Association and has been committed to "locally produced" for years. She lives in Lincoln with her daughter and can be reached at

Leigh Vincola– Writer and Publicist

Leigh Vincola is a writer, editor and publicist working in the local food scene in the Boston area. She can be reached at

John Williamson – Writer  
John Williamson is New England Fish Conservation Manager for Ocean Conservancy, the oldest and largest national environmental organization focused exclusively on ocean protection ( He is also president of Stellwagen Alive! – Friends of Our National Marine Sanctuary ( John is a USCG licensed master of 50-ton vessels, and avid fisherman and advocate for the marine environment. 

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