Rowan Jacobsen is the author of A Geography of Oysters, Fruitless Fall, The Living ShoreAmerican Terroir, and Shadows on the Gulf. He has written for the New York Times, Harper’sOutside, Mother Jones, Orion, The Boston Globe, and others, and his work has been anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing and Best Food Writing collections. He has won a couple of James Beard Awards, an IACP award, and some others. His 2010 book, American Terroir, was named one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by Library Journal. His Outside Magazine piece “Heart of Dark Chocolate” received the Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers for best adventure story of the year, and his Harper’s piece “The Homeless Herd” was named best magazine piece of the year by the Overseas Press Club. He was a 2012 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow, writing about endangered diversity on the borderlands between India, Myanmar, and China. His new book, Apples of Uncommon Character, is now available.

New Stuff:

The Great Mayo Smackdown (from Mother Jones)

Restoring a River and a Community in Yuma, Arizona (from Orion)

Paddleboarding the Colorado River Delta (from Outside)

Meat Meets Its Match (from Ensia)

Puffin Snuff in the Gulf of Maine (from Mother Jones)

The Invasivore’s Dilemma (from Outside). Selected for Best Food Writing 2014

Transporting a plane of copperheads to South Carolina and releasing them in the bush (from

The Homeless Herd–Rogue Elephant Gangs in India (from Harpers)


Apples of Uncommon Character

"Rowan Jacobsen is one of the best writers reporting on, and thinking about, food today. Period."
Michael Ruhlman, author of The Soul of a Chef and Ratio