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About

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, Outside, Slate, Pacific Standard, Food & Wine, Modern Farmer, Lucky Peach, The Rumpus, Salon, AFAR, Travel + Leisure, San Francisco magazine, where she has been a staffer and restaurant critic, and Sunset, where she was a senior travel editor until the commute almost killed her.

She was recently named Eater’s first San Francisco restaurant critic.

As 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, will be published by Ten Speed/Random House in Spring 2018. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and lives with her family at the top of an absurdly steep hill.