Hello. My name is Chip Brantley. I wrote The Perfect Fruit: Good Breeding, Bad Seeds and the Hunt for the Elusive Pluot 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 written for many publications, including Slate, 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. I’m married to Elizabeth Hughey, whose new book, Guest Host, is out now.

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