I’m Laurel Miller,  a freelance food, spirits, design, and travel writer and content creator based in Austin, Texas. I’m the former editor of the award-winning Edible Aspen magazine.

I grew up on a small ranch where we raised (among other things) mules and dairy goats. My upbringing inspired me to educate people about sustainable agriculture. It’s also how I garnered the nickname “Goat Girl” in sixth grade. I blame my outdoorsy family for my travel addiction, which begat my compulsion to eat foods more widely regarded as pets, pests, or compost.

I have a Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales University, and a background in PR and journalism. In 1999, after a decade of working in restaurants, I started a home-based cooking school/farm tour program in Berkeley, called The Sustainable Kitchen®. Bolivia-Paraguay13 323

My career as a journalist serendipitously began in 2001, and it’s taken me all over the world.   I’m the spirits columnist and a features writer for Tribeza, and I contribute regularly to PUNCH, Texas Highways, Austin Monthly, Austin HOME, and other digital and print outlets. I’m also the co-author of Cheese for Dummies.