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Things change. My career, for example. I’ve worked as an equity derivatives trader, a synthetic biologist, and most recently as a digital media professional. I caught the writing bug in my late 30s, while I worked on a PhD in Biophysics. I began this blog to document learning how to cook for my then 2-year-old daughter. But there’s this thing about serial beginners like me: we’re always finding new obsessions.

After writing thirty some-odd posts about cooking, I began experimenting with my own photography. (The food photos were all taken by my wife.) I quickly became fascinated with portrait and street photography, and stopped writing altogether for about a year. When I decided to pick things up again, I chose to focus on what I enjoy the most about blogging: the words. I still mostly think and talk about food, but I’m just not that guy who develops recipes every week and stages photo shoots in his kitchen. I do like telling stories, ranting, and maybe throwing in a joke or two.

So here we are. I present to you the culmination of my years of experience as an independent publisher: A food blog with no pictures. Just what every agent/PR/advertiser dreams of.

I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I did writing them.

Ben Rhau
San Francisco, CA
January 2013

If you’d like to get in touch, send an email to ben@youfedababychili.com. I look forward to hearing your fascinating offers for discounted Xylitol.


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press & awards

Honorable Mention, 2012 Mobile Photography Awards.
SAVEUR, 50 More Food Blogs You Should Be Reading.
Finalist, IACP Bert Greene Awards For Food Journalism.