About


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

Katherine Martinelli

I am a freelance journalist covering primarily food, travel, parenting, and education. I’m also a photographer, recipe developer, and recipe tester 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 (or surprisingly amazing Portuguese food!) 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. I have found so much joy in including him in the cooking process, and seeing his love for both the process and the delicious end result develop.

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.

Katherine Martinelli in the kitchen

Prepping for a Serious Eats video shoot; photo by Vicky Wasik

I am currently the New York Correspondent and a regular contributor of travel content for Afar Magazine. In addition to writing articles and taking photographs for publications like The Atlantic, CityLab, Romper, Time Out NY, Village Voice, BravoTV’s Feast, Fodor’s, The Forward, and more, I also blog, do select content writing/recipe development projects, 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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