About

Hi, I’m Emily Matchar. I write about culture, technology, food, women’s issues, travel and more for places like The New York Times, Smithsonian, Outside and The Atlantic, and regularly contribute to books in the Lonely Planet travel series.

In the line of duty, I’ve hot-wired a pickup truck in Nicaragua, hung out with neo-survivalists in South Carolina, and consumed near-fatal levels of Memphis barbecue. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, climbing, miniature crafts, baking and trying new foods. I live in Hong Kong and Pittsboro, NC with my husband, Jamin Asay, and our two sons. 

My non-fiction book, Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity, was published by Simon & Schuster in May of 2013. It’s about the causes and possible consequences of the social phenomenon I’m calling “new domesticity” – the re-embrace of all kinds of old-fashioned domestic skills, like canning, bread-baking, knitting, chicken-raising, etc. It’s now available in Japanese and Korean too.

Reach me at ematchar [at] gmail [dot] com

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