Short answer: My name is Laurel Miller, and I’m a food and travel writer and cheese consultant/culinary educator. I also do content creation, and I’m the editor/blog creator at Edible Aspen magazine.
Reader’s Digest version: I grew up on a small ranch where we raised (among other things) mules and dairy goats. My upbringing inspired me to educate people about sustainable agriculture. It’s also how I garnered the nickname “Goat Girl” in sixth grade. I blame my outdoorsy family for my travel addiction, which begat my compulsion to eat foods more widely regarded as pets, pests, or compost.
I have a Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales University, and a background in PR and journalism. In 1999, after a decade of working in restaurants, I started a home-based cooking school/farm tour program in Berkeley, called The Sustainable Kitchen®.
My career as a journalist serendipitously began in 2001, and it’s taken me all over the world. I’m the contributing editor at culture: the word on cheese, a former cheesemonger, and the co-author of Cheese for Dummies. I contribute to Aspen magazine, Aspen Sojourner, Refinery29, TCS World Travel, and other digital and print publications.