Nonfiction writing about the intersection of nature, culture, food, and place

Meg Houston Maker

Meg Houston Maker is an active food, wine, and culture writer.

She travels extensively across the globe to meet and taste with producers, hear their stories, and see first-hand what links them to their land. Her journalism has won praise from Eric Asimov of the New York Times, Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast, Maria Popova of Brain Pickings, BuzzFeed, TheKitchn, Wine Business Monthly, The Browser, and other commentators.

Food, Wine, and Gastronomy Journalism

Meg regularly contributes feature writing and criticism to consumer and trade publications, including The Art of Eating, SOMM Journal, eBay, Snooth, Serious Eats, Palate Press, Edible Communities, Nomacorc, and Alimentum: The Literature of Food.

Meg travels throughout Europe and North and South America to conduct research and taste with wine and food producers. Also an exacting editor, she has guided the launch of three wine publications and mentored scores of writers, seasoned and new. She is former editor at large for Grape Collective and former executive editor and columnist for Palate Press.

View freelance clips and writing awards and accolades.


Maker’s Table

Maker’s Table is Meg’s own publication dedicated to food, wine, agriculture, and viticulture. Launched in 2008, the site features articles, winemaker profiles, and interviews chronicling Meg’s extensive research travel, plus wine reviews cataloging ongoing tasting.

Maker’s Table earned Best Writing in the 2015 Wine Blog Awards and was tapped as a Favorite Wine News Blog in the 2014 Millésima Awards. The site was also short-listed for Wine Blog Awards in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016. It has been a Foodista featured site, and its wine reviews are indexed by Wine Searcher and The Daily Meal.

Maker’s Table

A journal of food, wine, and the pleasures of the table Visit Maker’s Table

Creative Nonfiction Writing

Meg is dedicated to the creative nonfiction form, focusing her essay writing on narratives about the intersection of nature and culture. She completed her Master’s in Liberal Studies / Creative Writing at Dartmouth College, with concentration courses in narrative nonfiction, personal essay, creative nonfiction, play writing, oral history, and selected topics in comparative literature. Her book-length creative nonfiction manuscript, Making it Home, won the Thesis Excellence Award for Creative Writing. View a sampling of Meg’s essays.

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Meg Houston Maker is available for freelance writing and editorial assignments.

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