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I am a Louisiana-born and based freelance writer and professional historian. I've written on food and travel and books for Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Oxford American, Garden & Gun, Men's Journal, The A.V. Club, Pacific Standard, Southern Living, Saveur, The Local Palate, and many other print and online publications.

My first book, Imagining the Creole City, an intellectual and literary study of a circle of writers in nineteenth-century New Orleans, arrived in 2014. The next, The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog, a personal/historical reflection on race, labor, and foodways in the Deep South, is out now from Simon & Schuster's Touchstone imprint.

In addition to the freelance life, I wear a second, scholarly, hat, carving out a small niche in the academic world. I hold a PhD in History from Tulane University and an MA from the New School for Social Research. I am presently a Visiting Professor of Urban Studies at Bard Early College New Orleans and a part-time professor at Tulane University.

I call New Orleans home, and live part-time in a hundred-plus-year-old church in St. Martinville, Louisiana.

I can be reached at: rienfertel@gmail.com