I was born in Brooklyn, went to Brooklyn College, and earned a Ph.D. in American literature from New York University. My dissertation—about a New York poet—was published in two versions: The Collected Poems of Paul Blackburn and The Selected Poems of Paul Blackburn
New York-centrism notwithstanding, I often left the five boroughs for far-flung places, including, on my honeymoon, Afghanistan, Iran, and the Soviet Union. It was not terribly romantic, but this trip and others like it proved an asset in several subsequent jobs: editor for Fodor’s and Frommer’s travel publishers in New York and Rough Guides in London.
In the early 1990s, I moved to Tucson, Arizona, where I’m now a freelance writer and editor. I authored three travel guides, one dog guide, and, recently, a memoir. My award-winning articles have appeared in a wide range of publications, including National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times Book Review, Sunset, Travel + Leisure, and The Wall Street Journal.
I’m hoping that being a food writer will give me an edge for the Meat section of this blog, and that having been in therapy—practically required when I lived in Manhattan—will help with the Psychology section. I’m not sure about my credentials for Genealogy, though I have as many genes (and jeans) as the next person. (2017 update: The rather unusual name Kornmehl has proved to be a relative magnet…Who knew?)
For more biographical details, see www.ediejarolim.com.
Photo credits: The historical picture of Siegmund Kornmehl’s butcher shop was taken by Edmund Engelman, who photographed Freud’s home and offices in May, 1938, weeks before Freud left Vienna for London. My head shot was taken by my friend Diane J. Schmidt, an award-winning photojournalist and writer.