Alexander Lobrano grew up in Connecticut, and lived in Boston, New York and London before moving to Paris, his home today, in 1986.
He was European Correspondent for Gourmet magazine from 1999 until it closed in 2009, and has written about food and travel for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Saveur, Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and many other publications in the United States and the United Kingdom.
He is the author of Hungry for Paris: The Ultimate Guide to the City’s 102 Best Restaurants (Random House), and a Contributing Editor at Saveur Magazine.
He has won several James Beard awards, and in 2011, he was awarded the IACP’s Bert Greene award for culinary writing for his article “Spirit of the Bistro” in Saveur magazine.
Why did you choose to come to Amherst?
For the English department.
Most memorable or most influential class at Amherst:
My freshman year English composition class, which tore down everything I'd learned in high school and taught us the value of simplicity and clarity.
Most memorable or most influential professor:
Professor Matthew Holdreith
Awards and Prizes
IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) for culinary writing, James Beard Award for culinary writing.
Favorite Book and Author
I have a great weakness for Evelyn Waugh, Somerset Maugham, Edith Wharton, EM Forester, MFK Fisher, and Elizabeth David.
Tell us a bit about your path to becoming an author.
After working as an editorial assistant and an editor for several NYC publishers, I concluded that I wanted to write more than edit and discovered my passion for food and travel after moving to London to work for a newspaper. Then I hopped the Channel to take a job in the Paris offices of an American publisher, and I've never looked back.