Zora O'Neill credit Peter Moskos

I’ve been a freelance travel and food writer since 2000. I’m based in beautiful Astoria, Queens, and my beats include New Mexico (where I grew up), Amsterdam, Mexico and the Arab world, especially Egypt. I am particularly interested in traditional food, car-free travel and vintage hotels.

In addition to writing for The New York Times and Conde Nast Traveler (clips here), I have authored or contributed to more than a dozen titles for Rough Guides, Lonely Planet and Moon. I’m compulsive about getting the details right, which is why I maintain update blogs, to let readers of my books know what’s changed since the book hit the shelves. (More on specific books, including my upcoming book on Arabic and travel in the Middle East, here.)

On the food front, I am a dedicated home cook–I believe it’s the most critical life skill after literacy. I’ve run an itinerant dinner party called Roving Gastronome and a more settled one called Sunday Night Dinner in Astoria. SND is the subject of Forking Fantastic! Put the Party Back in Dinner Party, written with Tamara Reynolds.