Joe Yonan
Joe Yonan
Food Editor

Joe Yonan, the Post’s Food and Travel editor, is the author of two cookbooks: “Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook” and “Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One.” He writes the Food section’s Weeknight Vegetarian column.

Joe got the cooking bug from his Indiana-born mother who let him take over the whipped-cream and mashed-potato duties because he said she was doing neither correctly. The first real dish he learned to make was chicken-fried steak, but these days he’s more likely to make chicken-fried cauliflower (with a miso-onion gravy).

Joe has worked at the Post since moving to Washington from The Boston Globe in 2006. His team has twice been awarded the James Beard Foundation award for the nation’s best newspaper food section. In addition to Weeknight Vegetarian, which has won honors from the Association of Food Journalists, he writes occasional features for both Food and Travel. His writing for the Post and The Boston Globe has appeared in multiple editions of the “Best Food Writing” anthology.

Joe was born in Albany, Ga., and raised in San Angelo, Texas. He has worked at newspapers since age 15. In 1999, he decided to marry his passions of food and journalism and spent a year earning a professional chef’s diploma from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts outside Boston. He earned a bachelor of journalism in 1989 from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2012, he took a leave from the Post to help his sister and brother-in-law on their homestead in southern Maine, where they are trying to grow as much of their own food as possible, and to work on “Eat Your Vegetables.”