Rachel Levin is a San Francisco-based freelance journalist who covers food, travel, trends, and the occasional rock star; rabbi; crack addict-ex-con-ultramarathoner.

Her work has been published in The New Yorker,  The New York Times, T, Outside, Lucky Peach, Slate, Pacific Standard, Food & Wine, Modern Farmer, The Rumpus, Salon, AFAR, Travel + Leisure, Sunset, where she was a senior travel editor, and San Francisco magazine, where she is a contributing writer.

In July 2017, she was named Eater’s first San Francisco restaurant critic. As The New York Times wrote, “Restaurant criticism in San Francisco has been in the same hands for decades, so Eater thought it would be a good idea to add a fresh voice.”

A former contributing editor at OZY, she launched a section called True Story, which includes personal essays and as-told-to interviews with people from around the world. She has also contributed to Pop-Up Magazine, Marketplace, and KQED’s Forum, and her essays have been anthologized multiple times in Best Women’s Travel Writing and Best Food Writing.

Apart from a stint as an island reporter for The Martha’s Vineyard Times, Rachel has lived in Northern California since fleeing central New York’s snowbelt, where she graduated with honors from Colgate University with a degree in Philosophy. (Which prepared her for both everything and nothing.)

Her first book— LOOK BIG: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds— was published by Ten Speed/Random House in April 2018. She is at work on another, titled EAT SOMETHING, a pop culture look at Jews and food, with Wise Sons Deli, to be published in Spring 2020 by Chronicle Books. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and lives with her family at the top of an absurdly steep hill.