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 co-founded a food and cooking website called Cookthink and a creative writing program for students called the Desert Island Supply Co. I have contributed to many publications, including Slate, the New York Times, Gourmet, Gastronomica and the Oxford American. I’m a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Johns Hopkins Graduate Writing Seminars, and now I work as the senior lecturer in emerging media in the department of journalism at the University of Alabama.