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With three generations of Chicago meatpacking behind her, Rebecca's memories of childhood include adventures through Iowa chicken rendering plants, excursions to the slaughterhouses of Central and South America, and authoritatively and explicitly reciting to friends the ingredients of hot dogs— her first attempt at evoking a response from a description of food.
In 1975 Rebecca and her husband, Ed, started a publishing company which, among other things, produced the highly regarded hunting and fishing publication, Gray's Sporting Journal. In 1988 they produced finished dummies for Distant Green (a proposed golf magazine) and Sports Illustrated for Kids, a now‑launched magazine, as a test of becoming an outside "skunkworks" for the production of magazines.
Since selling the company in 1989, Rebecca and her husband have written about cooking, especially fish and game cuisine, for many different publications. Rebecca has been a columnist and contributing editor for Attaché (U.S. Airway's In-flight magazine), a contributing editor for Sports Afield, a columnist for Shooting Sportsman, and the food editor for Gray's Sporting Journal. She is also a frequent contributor to SAVEUR and her work has appeared in Esquire Sportsman, Town & Country, Playboy, Garden Design, Outside, Martha Stewart Living, and Field & Stream, among others. Rebecca recently edited the game and wild edibles sections for the 75th Anniversary edition of the Joy of Cooking.
In addition to her publishing career, Rebecca has been a professional fundraiser and public relations director for two New England hospitals, a technical writer for Millipore Corporation, and a copywriter and director of media services at a local advertising agency. She currently holds the Assistant Directorship of Donor Engagement & Stewardship in the Development Office at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Rebecca's volunteer work has included serving, most recently as president, on the Board of Directors of the Vermont/New Hampshire Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. As a nine-year breast cancer survivor, she has also have been a grant reviewer for the US Department of Defense's Congressionally Directed Breast Cancer Research Program.
Rebecca received a degree in journalism from Boston University. Rebecca and Ed have five grown children, three grandchildren, and live in Lyme, NH with their Brittany Spaniel, Burke.
Dubbed Martha Stewart with a shotgun by P.J. O'Rourke, Rebecca has authored and compiled eight books about food and is currently finishing her ninth , American Artisinal: A Passion for Real Food, due in 2008 from Rizzolli Publishing.