I write about food, culture, and books.

I'm a full-time freelance writer with a background in art history and blogging. I started my first book blog, Truth, Beauty, Freedom, & Books, over five years ago. TBFB (as I like to call it) was shortlisted as one of the best eclectic book blogs on the web by Book Bloggers Appreciation Week two years in a row. I also founded The Project Gutenberg Project, a group blog dedicated to classics in the public domain, and I'm a co-manager of Book Bloggers International, a community site for book bloggers.

Aside from my passion for books, I love to cook and create my own cocktails and recipes. I own Liquid Persuasion, a cocktail blog, and Nowhere Bites, dedicated to spreading the word about delicious small-town restaurants. Some of my more notable culinary achievements (notwithstanding that one trip to the ER) include: making my own batch of bitters out of plants found in my backyard, making cheese from scratch, brewing beer, and baking bread.

I also started a subscription box blog in 2014 called Subscription Vixen. Because if there's one thing I need in life, it's more blogs.

My publication history is as eclectic as my reading tastes, and includes books like The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone, academic journals like Western Passages, exhibition catalogs, online magazines like Book Riot, independent newspapers like the Pueblo PULP, essay collections such as Start Here Vol. 2, press releases, and short fiction published under the pen name Ellis Drake.

As for my square jobs, I've worked as an author's assistant, aquatic nuisance species inspector, a teacher, researcher, crowdfunding specialist, web designer, and curator, among other less interesting things.

In my free time I enjoy training my parents' dogs to bark maniacally at nothing, practicing my archery skills, skiing, hiking, trying out new restaurants, watching movies while partaking of an adult beverage, and scouring the interwebs for amusing animated GIFs.

I go by both Tasha and Natasha. I know, confusing. On the plus side, my last name is extremely easy to remember.