Hanging with the cool kids in Penang, Malaysia. 

Hanging with the cool kids in Penang, Malaysia. 

Pagoda hopping in Bagan, Myanmar.

Who am I?

Let's start from the beginning, shall we. I was born in California and raised across Asia and outside Washington, D.C. by my two agricultural economist parents. When I came of age, I shipped off to Boston to study at Harvard University where I majored in Social Studies.

After graduation I made my way to New York City, where I spent three years in various basements helping to run some of the city's most notable restaurants. After learning a lot (and eating even more), I packed up my backpack for eleven months of wandering the Earth and finishing my first book on the history of eating chicken. 

Somewhere in between, I started contributing writing about food for places like VICE and TIME and was named a National Geographic Young Explorer. 

If you want to get in touch with me, head over to the contact page or shoot me a line at emelyn.rude@gmail.com. 

All the images on my site were also taken by me.