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About Melissa

Since 1995, Melissa “Missy” Trainer has written about food and travel on a freelance basis.

A former Assistant Editor at Gourmet Magazine, many of Missy’s extensive articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Seattle Times. She has also written for other national and local newspapers and magazines, such as Real Food and The Associated Press. (Melissa’s Article List)

Missy’s areas of specialty and expertise include culinary techniques, cookbook reviews, restaurant reviews, ecotourism, Northwest seafood and shellfish, sport fishing, family camping and foraging, and regional food purveyors and farmers.

From 1989 to 1995, Missy served in various editorial positions at Gourmet Magazine, a Conde Nast Publication, in New York. As Assistant Editor, Missy was responsible for fact checking and editing monthly recipe columns and working closely with Gourmet ‘s top food editors on a daily basis.

Missy also authored a monthly bylined question and answer column, “The Cook’s Corner,” in which she covered a broad range of cooking topics in a style designed to appeal to cooks of all skill levels and interests. “The Cook’s Corner” repeatedly scored “very interesting” in Gourmet ‘s monthly reader surveys.

Missy was also assistant to the magazine’s travel editor, Patricia J. Bell. Her responsibilities included proofreading Mrs. Bell’s monthly column, “Travel Journal,” as well as working with top national and international travel contacts.

Missy also composed press releases and general promotional copy, coordinated media mailings and press kits, and assisted in the magazine’s executive dining room during special advertising events for Gourmet’s Promotion and Marketing Department.

While at Gourmet, Missy attended hands on cooking classes at many of New York’s best cooking school. In 2004, Missy also attended a one week intensive cooking class at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland.

During her summer breaks from college, Missy worked for Ina Garten at her Barefoot Contessa in West Hampton Beach. Some of Missy’s regular tasks at “Barefoot” included slicing cold smoked salmon for Ina’s early morning customers. Missy also served at many large parties and weddings catered by Ina.

Missy earned a B.A. from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is active in the American Society of Journalists and Authors and National Writers Union.

Her hobbies and experiences include organic gardening, family camping, and backyard chicken farming. During 2005 and 2006, Missy lived in Anchorage, Alaska, where she traveled, fished, and camped extensively throughout the America’s Last Frontier, Yukon Territory and British Columbia. She also traversed the historic Alaska Canada Highway, camping in her 23 foot Aerolite travel trailer.

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