After ten years in professional kitchens, Molly O’Neill was a reporter with the New York Times, the food columnist for its Sunday magazine and host of the PBS series, Great Food for over a decade. She is the author of four cookbooks, including the best-selling New York Cookbook and One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking.
A winner of the Julia Child/IACP Award for cookbooks, O’Neill earned three James Beard citations for books, journalism and television as well as the society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the first food writer to have been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, O’Neill graduated from Denison University and attended La Varenne in Paris. Mostly True, her memoir of growing up in a major league baseball family, was described as “a magical tale of growing up in the middle of the American dream.” Her work has appeared in magazines ranging from The New Yorker and The New York Times to Readers Digest and Life.
The editor of American Food Writing, an anthology published by the Library of America, O’Neill founded CookNScribble, the lauded on-line resource and learning platform for food writers, as well as LongHouse Food Revival, the annual gathering of food thought leaders in upstate New York.