Hello! I’m Jared, a freelance food writer and freelance eater. You can get in touch with me on Twitter @jaredography or via email at jaredhkaufman @ gmail.com. Stories I’ve written are linked below.
I’m a grad student in Boston University’s gastronomy program and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 2018. A magazine feature I wrote is currently a finalist for a best food writing award in the Association of Food Journalists’ student division, and a deeply reported piece of mine shared a first-place win for best local business coverage from the Missouri Press Association in 2017.
My primary areas of focus are food culture and policy, but I’ve also reported on public safety, health care, discrimination, and a lawsuit over a documentary about competitive tickling. I’ve conducted interviews with food-adjacent people around the world, from Danish food writers to Catalan chefs to the inventor of Go-Gurt to the Food Network chef Justin Warner. I also write a twice-weekly food newsletter called Nosh Box, which is regularly read by journalists (food and otherwise), scientists, businesspeople, and my mom.
My work: (in roughly reverse chronological order)
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 Food Tank: 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 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