Rowan Jacobsen is the author of A Geography of Oysters, Fruitless Fall, The Living ShoreAmerican TerroirShadows on the Gulf, and Apples of Uncommon Character. 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 & Nature Writing and Best Food Writing collections. He has won a couple of James Beard Awards, an IACP award, and some others. 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, and is a 2015 McGraw Center for Business Journalism Fellow, writing about the disruptive potential of plant-based proteins. Apples of Uncommon Character was named to the Best Books of 2014 lists by the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, NPR, and others.

New Stuff:

Discussing “fake meat” with Tom Ashbrook on ON POINT.

Will the Beast Burger put Beef Out of Business? (from Outside). Selected for Best Food Writing 2015

The Great Mayo Smackdown (from Mother Jones)

Restoring a River and a Community in Yuma, Arizona (from Orion). Selected for Best American Science & Nature Writing 2015

Paddleboarding the Colorado River Delta (from Outside)

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