Ciara McLaren

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London, UK
Mary Baldwin University, University Of Florida
Sustainable Food, Southern Cooking, Nutrition
  • Ciara was an appalling dishwasher, mediocre waitress, and pretty good prep cook.
  • Her cookbook shelf is overflowing.
  • She once exchanged Instagram DMs with Deb Perelman.


After eating her way through France, Ciara published her first piece of food writing in Gastronomica: an essay about the vitality of her local boulangerie during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, she has written for The Food Section, Smart Mouth, and Insider, among other outlets. Every so often, she burnishes her food writing credentials with a stint in urban farming or food service.


Ciara holds a bachelor's degree in economics and international relations and a master's degree in political science.
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