You can get in touch with me on Twitter @jaredography or via email at jaredhkaufman @ gmail.com. I’m currently a research & writing fellow for Food Tank and a master’s student in Boston University’s gastronomy program, as well as a cheesemonger and the coffee buyer at American Provisions, in South Boston. Stories I’ve written are linked below.
I primarily write about food culture and policy, but I’ve also reported on public safety, health care discrimination, and a lawsuit over a documentary about competitive tickling. Although I haven’t followed my elementary-school dream of becoming a cake decorator (yet!), I once dressed up as Emeril Lagasse for Halloween, so that’s gotta count for something, right?
Magazine features I wrote have won the Best Writing on Food award in the student division from the Association of Food Journalists in both 2018 and 2019 (this story also earned a nod from the Missouri Press Association), and a deeply reported article of mine shared a first-place win for best local business coverage from the Missouri Press Association in 2017. I’m the creator of Nosh Box, a weekly email newsletter and podcast in which I dived deep into the ingredients, brands, and dishes you see every day. I graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 2018.
Three stories I’m most proud of:
- “Columbia’s hidden figure: Verna Laboy brings Annie Fisher to life,” Vox Magazine, 2017 (feature on beaten biscuits, race, and how people get forgotten — the magazine’s cover story. View it in print here. This story won the best student writing on food award from the Association of Food Journalists in 2018.)
- “The St. Paul-based inventor of Go-Gurt tells the dramatic story of his totally tubular idea,” City Pages, 2018
- “Angling for Catfishing’s Future,” Vox Magazine, 2018 (feature on Missouri River tournament catfishing and the tensions surrounding eating what you catch. This story is a finalist for the best student writing on food award from the Association of Food Journalists in 2019.)
My work: (in roughly reverse chronological order)
For Food Tank: On the social enterprise working to equip leaders to meet UN sustainability goals; on the Minneapolis winery that makes cider from apples they pick from your front yard; on Food Network chef Justin Warner’s perspectives on the food system; on the ways the Trump administration could reshape food policy
For Roads & Kingdoms: On sfenj, the Moroccan breakfast doughnut that nearly became a Jewish Hanukkah staple
For Vox Magazine: On mid-Missouri catfishing culture and the debate between catch-and-release and catch-for-dinner; on the early 20th-century black chef Annie Fisher and her erasure from (and revival in) local history; on the artistry of plating; on a medical professor’s views on discrimination faced by Native American patients
For Plateselector: On Restaurante Last Monkey, an Asian-fusion joint in Barcelona (article in Spanish)
For The Tower Magazine: On the virtues of Amba, an Iraqi-Israeli spicy mango condiment
For the Boston Globe opinion section: On the benefits of bookstores at memorial sites