I’m a writer from Long Island. My work focuses on culture, climate, and cocktails. These days, I’m a regular contributor to Tenderly; in the past, I’ve been the vegan columnist for NYLON; the food columnist for How We Get to Next; and a contributor to the Village Voice. My podcast, Meatless, featured conversations with chefs and writers on issues around culture and meat consumption. I’m currently writing a book about veganism for Beacon Press, to be published in Summer 2022.

I’m currently based in San Juan, Puerto Rico; I’ve been covering the island’s culinary scene and foodways since 2015; in 2019, I wrote a package titled “Isla del Encanto” on its agriculture for How We Get to Next that was translated for publication in Spain’s El País. I’ve been published by The New Republic and Time; quoted at the La Vanguardia, The Atlantic, and Vice; and cited or linked by the New York TimesThe New Yorker, the L.A. Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Eater. Usually, this all has to do with tech burgers or other vegetable matters.

Before writing took over, I worked as a copy editor at New York Magazine and Food & Wine. For a year, I also ran a bakery. Before that, I studied English and philosophy at Fordham University and worked at Starbucks.

What Is This Newsletter?

This newsletter is about food and its constellation of concerns, from politics and labor and hospitality and sourcing and everything else. On Monday, I send out an essay, along with notes on what I’ve published, read, and cooked. On Wednesday, there’s a discussion thread with paid subscribers on whatever topic was covered Monday, then on Fridays, paid subscribers also receive interviews with people in food.

Who Likes This Stuff?

The San Francisco Chronicle, DigiDay, and TASTE Cooking have featured it, and none other than the New York Times has referenced “From the Desk of Alicia Kennedy.”

The logo was illustrated by Kit Mills.