Kim Severson's byline is well known in the San Francisco food world. Before moving on to the New York Times, where she covers national food stories, she was at the San Francisco Chronicle, her reportage graduating from the food section to the front page. This April, Severson published Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life (Riverhead Books, $25.95), a memoir that weaves together profiles of eight cooks who have changed her life ― her mom, natch, as well as less obvious personalities like Rachael Ray and Ruth Reichl ― with tales of how they have helped the author grow as a food writer, a recovering alcoholic, and most recently, a mother.
Severson's book tour is bringing her to Omnivore Books on Monday, May 17 (as well as a TimesTalks event on May 18, but that's sold out). In preparation for her reading, SFoodie interviewed Severson, just off the plane from Louisiana, a little about the book and a lot about her perspective as someone who has written about food on both coasts.