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 candidate in Boston University’s gastronomy program, as well as a contributor to Boston.com’s food section. Stories I’ve written are linked below.
I primarily write about food culture and aim to combine reporting with a critical systems-level approach to food. My academic research focuses on (1) kids’ menus and the construction of childhood taste and (2) collecting “kosher narratives” to explore factors that affect with people’s religious diets. At Food Tank, I explore how food waste is quantified, prevented, and upcycled across the food system. This research will form the basis of an forthcoming book from Food Tank and Island Press in 2020.
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 graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 2018. 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?
Four 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
- “Don’t expect Guy Fieri’s Tequila Cocina, at the Hub on Causeway, to take you to Flavortown,” Boston.com, 2020
- “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 Boston.com: On why Guy Fieri’s new Mexican restaurant in Boston is so disappointing; on how restaurant staff are responding to the statewide dine-in ban amid the COVID-19 pandemic; on messages in restaurant windows responding to COVID-19 (with photos)
For Food Tank: On the social enterprise working to equip leaders to meet UN sustainability goals; on the new third-party definition for “upcycled” food; 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