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Hi there! I’m a New York City-based food writer and trained cook. I’m the author of the cookbook Hangover Helper: Delicious Cures from Around the World (Hardie Grant, 2019) and the culinary memoir with recipes, Four Kitchens: My Life Behind the Burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv, and Paris. (Grand Central, 2011).

I was previously the restaurant critic at The Village Voice, where I wrote a weekly restaurant review and blogged daily. I’ve also freelanced for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Bon Appetit, Saveur and Food52. My work has been recognized by the Association of Food Journalists and I myself have been a judge on multiple occasions for the International Association of Culinary Professionals awards. I’ve also worked as a freelance recipe developer/tester as well as a freelance cookbook editor.

A graduate of the University of Chicago, I also hold a diploma in classic culinary arts from The French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center) and a Master of Arts in food studies from New York University.

Interested in collaborating together? Want me to write something for you? Want to write something about me? Just looking to say hello? Drop me a line!

“With Four Kitchens, Lauren Shockey immediately establishes herself as an adventurer and raconteur-and as one of the most appealing food writers of her generation.”
— Amanda Hesser, co-founder of food52.com and author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook