Katherine Martinelli is an internationally published food and travel writer and award-winning photographer who has contributed to publications on three continents. 

Katherine Martinelli

I’m a freelance food and travel writer and photographer, recipe developer, and cookbook consultant who has loved food for as long as I can remember. A native New Yorker, I have lived in New York and Israel and traveled the world. Wherever I go, food is an entry point into the culture, whether it’s the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines of Israel or the classic diners of Long Island.

Growing up my father cooked dinner every night from scratch and I’d often stand on the edge of our cramped, New York City kitchen, observing his every step. Now I cook dinner every night using fresh ingredients to create quick, healthy, satisfying meals. These days my inquisitive toddler often “helps” make eggs and replicates my movements in his play kitchen.

More than simply cooking, I love making food for people. I love the way that food connects folks, and it’s the ability to nourish others, both physically and emotionally, that fulfills me. I’m slightly more attuned to the toddler palate now than I used to be, but fresh, healthy food is still at the center of my cooking philosophy.

I am currently the New York Correspondent for Afar Magazine. In addition to writing articles and taking photographs for publications like Fodor’s, The Jewish Daily Forward, and Time Out Israel, I also blog, do content writing, craft press releases, and work on cookbooks. I released my first e-cookbook, Puff Pastry at Brunch, in 2012 and wrote the content for an app, Tasting Mahane Yehuda, on Jerusalem’s food market. I edited and photographed an English-language Israeli cookbook, Cook in Israel by Orly Ziv, which won Best First Cookbook and third place for Best Photography in the 2013 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

I graduated from Skidmore College Magna cum Laude and have my Masters in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

I’m always looking for the next great adventure.

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