I was born in Boston, raised in its outskirts, and attended Brown University, where I studied the History of Art and Architecture but fell in love with cooking and food. My plan to become a chef was stymied, however, when I was hit by a car while jogging in the summer of 2005. As a result of the accident, I lost my sense of smell. No longer able to detect flavor in food, I moved to New York City and began to write. My first book, "Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way," a personal inquiry into the science and psychology of the sense of smell, was published by Ecco/HarperCollins and shortlisted for an IACP award in Literary Food Writing in 2011. Since then, I've worked as Managing Editor of Modern Farmer magazine, and have edited the New York Times best-selling Cook's Illustrated cookbook "The Science of Good Cooking" (October, 2012), as well as the Cook's Illustrated cookbook "Cook's Science" (October, 2016), which was shortlisted for a James Beard Foundation Award. My writing has appeared in the New York Times, ARTnews magazine, NPR's Cognoscenti, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Atlas Obscura, among others. In the fall of 2016 I co-wrote and -starred in a 90-minute theater show about the science of hamburgers (true story). Today, I live in Providence, Rhode Island, work as the Executive Editor of Cook's Science at America's Test Kitchen, and can smell just about everything again. (Photo by Andrew Janjigian.)