Her work has been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, T, Outside, Lucky Peach, Slate, Pacific Standard, Food & Wine, AFAR, Modern Farmer, the Wall Street Journal, The Cut, and more. She has been a senior travel editor at Sunset magazine, a contributing writer at San Francisco magazine, a founding contributing editor at OZY, and most recently, the San Francisco restaurant critic for Eater.
She writes a semi-regular column for the San Francisco Chronicle about restaurant regulars, which looks at the role restaurants play in the lives of the people they feed, illustrated by George McCalman. The 2018 recipient of the Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism Fellowship from the San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier, she is a member of the editorial committee for La Cocina’s live storytelling series, Voices from the Kitchen, and has contributed to Pop-Up Magazine, Marketplace, and KQED’s Forum, and her essays have been anthologized multiple times in Best Food Writing.
Apart from a stint as an island reporter for the Martha’s Vineyard Times, Rachel has lived in Northern California since fleeing central New York’s snow-belt, where she graduated with honors from Colgate University with a degree in Philosophy. (Which prepared her for both everything and nothing.)
Her first book — LOOK BIG: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds — was published by Ten Speed in Spring 2018. The Wall Street Journal called it “a nifty idea carried out with humor and a deft touch” and Buzzfeed called it “hilarious but genuinely helpful.” EAT SOMETHING: A Wise Sons Cookbook for Jews Who Like Food and Food Lovers Who Like Jews, coauthored with Evan Bloom, was published in Spring 2020 by Chronicle Books. Eater named it one of the season’s Best New Cookbooks and Taste wrote a rave titled, “Where No Jewish Cookbook Has Gone Before”— which is true! STEAMED: A Catharsis Cookbook for Getting Dinner (and Your Feelings) on the Table, comes out April 2021.
Rachel is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and lives with her family at the top of an absurdly steep hill.