My name is Chip Brantley. I wrote The Perfect Fruit: Good Breeding, Bad Seeds and the Hunt for the Elusive Pluot (Bloomsbury) and am at work on a second book of nonfiction called The Pistachio Wars. I have edited and written for many publications, including Slate, Gourmet, Gastronomica and the Oxford American. A former director of TV development for Mike Newell’s Dogstar Films, I am the founder of the Desert Island Supply Co. and an artist-in-residence with Alabama Media Group. I am now a senior lecturer in emerging media in the department of journalism at the University of Alabama, where I work in the Program for Nonfiction Storytelling.