VIA Contributors

Behind every VIA article there's an intrepid reporter risking sunburn on an exotic Tahitian cruise, indigestion on San Francisco's best food tours, and over-exfoliation in the West Coast's most relaxing spas. These are the men and women who lived to tell the tale.

Jeannette Ferrary

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Jeannette Ferrary learned the true meaning of "It's the Cheese" when her California cheese article generated responses from her garage mechanic, her mailman—even her ex-husband. After answering all the fan mail, Jeannette went head to thistle with the thorniest denizen of the vegetable world: the artichoke. Not one to be easily dissuaded, Jeannette ransacked the history of berries in her quest for the origins of the mysterious bumbleberry. A Bay Area food writer, Jeannette is the author of seven books, including MFK Fisher and Me: A Memoir of Food and Friendship and A Good Day for Soup. She is currently working on a book about California olive oil, inspired by her article in the January issue. She teaches food writing courses at UC-Berkeley extension in San Francisco.

Jeannette has also written other travel pieces for VIA: the Incredible Shrinking Salad, a testimony to little leafy edibles; Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto, a street loaded with delis, cafes, and restaurants; and Garlic, the spicy lowdown on the world's favorite bulblet.