Celebrating the new fiction issue of TASTE magazine!




Join TASTE  for a night of great food stories by N. West Moss (The Subway Stops at Bryant Park), James Yeh, Helen Phillips (Some Possible Solutions), and Lincoln Michel (Upright Beasts), to celebrate the launch of our fall fiction issue, hosted by J. Ryan Stradal (Kitchens of the Great Midwest).

TASTE is an online magazine written for people who love to cook at home and enjoy reading about approachable recipes, popular and emerging ingredients, and stories reported from the frontlines of today’s quickly moving food culture. Twice a year we break from programming a bit and dedicate an issue to short pieces of fiction that weave in the sights, smells, and tastes of cooking—stories about family, isolation, and strange overheard conversations at restaurants. 

Check out the Spring 2017 Fiction Issue for an idea of what's in store!

Lincoln Michel is the editor-in-chief of electricliterature.com and a founding editor of Gigantic. His fiction has appeared in Granta, Oxford American, Tin House, NOON, Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. His essays and criticism have appeared in The New York TimesThe Believer, Bookforum, Buzzfeed, Vice, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. He is the co-editor of Gigantic Worlds, an anthology of science flash fiction, and the author of Upright Beasts, a collection of short stories (Coffee House Press, 2015). He was born in Virginia and lives in Brooklyn.

N. West Moss is the author of the short-story collection The Subway Stops at Bryant Park (Leapfrog Press), and her fiction has been published in McSweeney’s, the New World ReviewThe Saturday Evening PostCahoodaloodalingThe Stockholm ReviewSalt, Blotter Magazine, and The Westchester Review, among many others. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in SalonThe New York TimesBrevityMemoir JournalSou-WesterArs Medica, and Hospital Drive Magazine, among others. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and taught at William Paterson University, Montclair State University, and Passaic County Community College. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master of Secondary Education from Mercy College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from William Paterson University.

Helen Phillips is the author of four books, most recently the short story collection Some Possible Solutions (Henry Holt, 2016), which received the 2017 John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Her novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat (Henry Holt, 2015), a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, was a finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her collection And Yet They Were Happy (Leapfrog Press, 2011) was named a notable collection by The Story Prize. Her children’s adventure book Here Where the Sunbeams Are Green (Delacorte Press, 2012) was published internationally as Upside Down in the Jungle. Helen has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction, The Iowa Review Nonfiction Award, the DIAGRAM Innovative Fiction Award, and a Ucross Foundation residency. Her work has been featured on Selected Shorts, at the Brooklyn Museum, and in the Atlantic, the New York Times, and Tin House, among others. Her books have been translated into Chinese, Italian, German, Spanish, and Polish. A graduate of Yale and the Brooklyn College MFA program, she is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College. Born and raised in Colorado, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, artist Adam Douglas Thompson, and their children.

Born and raised in Minnesota, J. Ryan Stradal now lives in Los Angeles, where he is an editor-at-large at Unnamed Press, fiction editor at TASTE, advisory board member at 826LA, and co-producer & host of the literary/culinary series Hot Dish. His first book is the New York Times-bestselling novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest (Viking / Pamela Dorman Books, 2015). Voted the 2016 Adult Debut Book of the Year in the American Booksellers Association's Indies Choice Book Awards, and named fiction book of the year by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association and the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association, Kitchens has been acquired for publication in twelve other countries and optioned by Warner Bros. for film & TV. His shorter work appears in Hobart, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Review of Books, BuzzFeed, and Midnight Breakfast, among other places. He likes books, wine, sports, root beer, and peas.

James Yeh is a founding editor of the literary and arts magazine Gigantic. His stories appear in Tin HouseBombViceTank (UK), FencePen AmericaLa Granada (Norway), HTMLGIANT, the anthology 30 Under 30, the Best American Poetry blog, and elsewhere, and he is a frequent contributor to NOON. His interviews, essays, and reporting have appeared or are forthcoming in the BelieverVice, the OrganistElectric Literature’SUP Magazine, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. A recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Columbia University, he was named an inaugural Center for Fiction New York City Emerging Writers Fellow in 2011, and the writer-in-residence at the Hub City Writers Project in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in summer 2014. His story “9/16/10” was selected as a notable story in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011. He lives in Brooklyn.

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