Food Editor and columnist
Los Angeles Times
Moderator-Sustainability Across the Border
Russ Parsons is the food editor and columnist of the Los Angeles Times. He has been writing about food for 30 years, including almost 25 years at the Times. He is the author of the cookbooks, How to Read a French Fry and How to Pick a Peach, published by Houghton-Mifflin. In 2008 he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food and Beverage, the hall of fame of American cooking. He has won many food journalism awards, including those from the International Association of Culinary Professionals the Association of Food Journalists, and the James Beard Foundation. How to Read a French Fry was a finalist for two Julia Child cookbook awards. How to Pick a Peach, which was published in 2007, was named one of the best 100 books of the year by both Publisher's Weekly and Amazon. Before coming to The Times, he was food editor at the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, food editor at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and food editor at the Albuquerque Tribune. Parsons has been a journalist for more than 30 years, covering everything from high school football and professional rodeo to cops and courts and country music.