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About

After a childhood of books, boredom and minor delinquency in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I studied English and Spanish at Harvard University. Upon graduation I hightailed it back down South to spend the next couple years as a reporter with Raleigh’s News & Observer, followed by a stint at Outside magazine, before going freelance. I write about culture, technology, food, women’s issues, travel and more for magazines and newspapers.

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.

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