Bonny Wolf started as a copy girl at The New Brunswick (N.J.) Home News where, in six years, she went from doing TV listings and obits to covering education, police, courts and, finally, food and culture.
One of her first assignments was to cover the appearance of the Kohutek Comet. She went to the Rutgers University astronomy building at 4 a.m. for eggs Kohutek, meteorite mushrooms and lots of Irish coffee. The comet was a dud but she realized the importance of food coverage. When she filed her story at 8 a.m., her city editor was so pleased he told her she should always drink before coming to work.
She went on to teach in the journalism department at Texas A&M University and was named features editor of the Bryan-College Station Eagle.
Bonny Wolf moved to Washington. D.C., where she was an associate managing editor at Congressional Quarterly and chief speechwriter for two secretaries of agriculture.
After leaving USDA, she wrote a monthly column for the Washington Post food section and did a weekly food podcast for NPR. She contributes a monthly food commentary to NPR’s Weekend Edition and edits Kitchen Window, NPR’s weekly food feature.
In 2006, Bonny Wolf wrote Talking with My Mouth Full: Crab Cakes, Bundt Cakes and Other Kitchen Stories (St. Martin’s Press), a collection of food essays and recipes.
In December 2012, she co-founded and launched American Food Roots, an online food journalism site.