Jennifer Justus

Photography By Jill Melton | August 22, 2016
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Jennifer Justus is one of the most influential food writers in Nashville. She is one of the creators of "Dirty Pages, an interactive exhibit that featured 18 Nashville women. Part photography and part recipe storytelling, Dirty Pages helped demonstrate who we are through the foods we cook and eat. She is the author of Nashville Eats: Hot Chicken, Buttermilk Biscuits, and 120 More  Southern Recipes from Music City. She currently works with The Grow Together Gardens a program of the Nashville Food Project.  The program brings together a community of refugees to grow their own food in community gardens. 

In Jennifer's words:

Growing up with parents who worked hard outside the kitchen but not so often in it, I had my first culinary education at the local meat-and-three over plates of fried chicken and collard greens. My formal training comes from Boston University where I created my own food writing curriculum with courses in Journalism and Gastronomy, a cultural study of food founded by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin.

I’m author of Nashville Eats (Abrams, October 2015) and The Food Lovers’ Guide to Nashville (Globe Pequot Press, November 2012). I worked as food culture and lifestyles reporter at The Tennessean for six years before embarking on a freelance career that led to work in TIME, Serious Eats, Southern Living, Alimentum literary food journal and more. My work also has appeared in editions 5 and 6 of Cornbread Nation: the Best of Southern Food Writing, the Boston Herald and The Boston Globe, among others.

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