Writer, Editor, and Content Specialist

About Me

My extensive editorial experience ranges from developing digital content for businesses and nonprofits to journalism and writing books.


Josh Friedland

Born in Boston and raised in Berkeley, California, I’m the author of Comfort Me with Offal: Ruth Bourdain’s Guide to Gastronomy and Eatymology: The Dictionary of Modern Gastronomy.

For three years, I maintained a secret identity as the mystery behind the “Ruth Bourdain” (@ruthbourdain), a Twitter parody mashup of food luminaries Anthony Bourdain and Ruth Reichl. Before revealing my true identity to the The New York Times, I won a James Beard Award—the first ever Beard Award for humor—for the character’s satirical tweets.

Before becoming Ruth Bourdain, I was the founder and editor of The Food Section, a pioneering food blog. Gourmet magazine called it “the consummate gastronomic blog,” and Food & Wine magazine named me a “Tastemaker.” Bon AppetitTime, the Washington PostBoston Globe, and USA Today are among the many magazines and newspapers that praised The Food Section.

As a freelance journalist, my articles on food and travel have appeared in publications such as the New York TimesWashington PostOlive magazine (BBC), and Time Out New York.

In addition to my writing on food, I have more than 20 years of experience developing digital and print communications for businesses and nonprofits. At the Hospital for Special Surgery, I was Director of Communications and responsible for overseeing all editorial content — from annual reports to marketing materials, brochures, and newsletters. I also have extensive experience consulting with law firms on digital marketing projects and have worked with many nonprofit organizations to shape their content and messaging.

I have a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.