I’m Laurel Miller, and I’m the editor of Edible Aspen magazine, as well as a freelance food and travel writer and content creator based in Austin, Texas.

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®. Bolivia-Paraguay13 323

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’m also the bar columnist for Austin Monthly,  and contribute to Texas Highways, Tribeza, Aspen Sojourner and other digital and print publications.

When not working from bed while wearing my pj’s, I can be found playing outdoors and lurking around food trucks.