Molly Birnbaum

Author of Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way

Molly Birnbaum was born in Boston, raised in its outskirts, and attended Brown University, where she studied Art History but fell in love with cooking and food. Her plan to become a chef was stymied, however, when she was hit by a car while jogging in the summer of 2005 and, as a result, lost her sense of smell. No longer able to detect flavor in food, she moved to New York City and began to write.

Molly’s work has appeared in the New York Times, ARTnews magazine, USA Today, and the Point Reyes Light newspaper, among others. In 2008, she was awarded the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship for Arts and Culture from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She writes the food blog "My Madeleine". Her first book, Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way, will be published in June by Ecco/HarperCollins.

Today, Molly lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, works for America’s Test Kitchen, and can smell almost everything again.

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