Emily Kaiser Thelin is a writer and editor based in Berkeley with a focus on food, drink, travel and design. A two-time finalist for James Beard awards, from 2006 to 2010 she was a food editor at Food & Wine. In 2007 she co-authored The Harney and Sons Guide to Tea with Michael Harney, published by Penguin Press. Her work has also appeared in the Best Food Writing series, Oprah, Dwell, Gourmet, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
For five years during and after college Emily worked as a professional chef: as a commis chef (kitchen lackey) in London, a private chef in France, and as a line cook in Washington, DC. In Washington she cooked at The Morrison Clark Inn, Citronelle and Obelisk, which Gourmet Magazine listed as one of the nation’s 50 best restaurants while she was there.
Emily was born and raised in Washington, DC. She attended Columbia University in New York, where she studied music and history, got elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was the DJ of the Moonshine Show on Columbia’s WKCR.