My Story

christina nifong in her kitchen

I am a teller of tales, a collector of ideas, who has enjoyed a decades-long career as a journalist and features writer.

Today, I spin my yarns in a home office surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia, freelancing for magazines such as The Local Palate and SWVA Living.

But on my way here, I’ve worked in such far-flung places as Albania and Vienna, Austria. I’ve set up shop in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Raleigh, N.C.

I’ve penned stories about presidential races and poverty. I’ve covered artists and chefs, written yearlong series and award-winning short features. The pieces I love most are those that introduce readers to new concepts,  intriguing people and excellent writing — the stories you can’t put down.

Twelve years ago, I landed in Roanoke, Va., with a husband and a gaggle of kids and a yearning to learn more about this local food movement that was just beginning to germinate. In the last decade, I’ve become a committed locavore, with a garden that covers much of my postage-stamp yard and five chickens who roam through it all. I recently spent a year writing about food for The Roanoke Times. I also teach classes, helping you learn how to access and eat healthy, local food. You’ll see this love of gardening and cooking reflected throughout my website, especially in Recipes, where my growing list of favorite dishes should keep you well-fed.

But what I hope brought you here and keeps you coming back is your appetite for a well-told tale. On my Eat Healthy/Eat Local Blog and on the Freelance Writing page you’ll find essays and stories as well as links to my pieces as they appear in print, online and beyond.

Each month, I send out an email newsletter with recipes and resources to help you eat healthier. To be included on my mailing list, simply send me your email address or fill in the Sign Up box on my Blog page.

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Thanks for stopping by.

— Christina Nifong



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