Nicole A. Taylor

Nicole A. Taylor is a James Beard Award-nominated food writer and cookbook author. Her latest book, Watermelon and Red Birds (2022) explores Juneteeth and Black celebrations through recipes and personal memories. A masterful storyteller, she also executive produced “If We So Choose,” a short Southern Food Alliance documentary about the desegregation of the iconic Southern fast food joint The Varsity.


Nicole A. Taylor has been a freelance food writer for more than a decade. While she has held a number of community-based project management positions throughout her professional career, Taylor is at heart a master storyteller and home cook. Her talent is her ability to interweave the rich food history of her Southern roots with the culinary ideas of the present, as she did in The Up South Cookbook: Chasing Dixie in a Brooklyn Kitchen (2015). In addition to Food & Wine, Taylor’s work has appeared in Saveur, Extra Crispy, Wine Enthusiast, Civil Eats, and The Splendid Table, among others. She is also the co-founder of Maroon House, a marketplace and retreat house for Black creatives. Taylor divides her time between New York and Georgia. 


Nicole attended Clark Atlanta University, where she graduated with a bachelor of science in community health education and health care management.

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