I am a freelance writer in Seoul. I recently quit my job as a travel/culture magazine editor to focus on my own work and possibly prepare to move to a(nother) new country. I live in an old house by the Han River with my husband, B and our two cats, Moja and Vera. I have been in Korea since 2008, am a graduate of Yonsei’s Korean Language Institute and dabble in translating and editing. I am from Texas, but I got my undergraduate degree in poetry at an art school in Brooklyn, where I lived for six years.

Try as I may, I can never seem to only focus on one thing. As a result, this blog is mashup. Food, food culture and history, cooking and recipes make up a huge part of my free time and personal interests. I believe food and how we make (or don’t make) and consume it forms a huge part of our lives and societies. It goes well beyond nutritional sustenance — for me, food is a major part of my social, political and personal philosophies. It is a primary entry point into culture, which is important for someone who doesn’t live within their own.

Last year, I spent one or two days a month traveling around the country visiting farms, restaurants, co-ops and research centers to learn about regional Korean cuisine and the ingredients it is made from, and writing a column about what I learned. I already loved Korean food, but my respect for its history and my knowledge of Korean ingredients grew exponentially during this time. As a result, I write a lot about traditional Korean cuisine, Korean ingredients and how to incorporate them into fusion or foreign dishes.  I also blog about how to cook Western (and other kinds of foreign) food, including my beloved hometown food, while living in a place where some ingredients can be very hard to find. You can also find a lot of information about cool places to visit if you’re in Seoul under the Restaurants & Bars and Cafes tabs.

I don’t know what you came here for, but I hope you will find enough of it to stay.

You can contact me at followtherivernorth@gmail.com.