Kate Cohen, a Washington Post contributing columnist, is a writer from Albany, N.Y. She grew up in Virginia and has a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Her essays — whether print, online, radio or live — seek to distill observations of family, politics and culture into moments of clarity and insight. She also writes nonfiction documentary scripts, including the Emmy Award-winning "Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero" and the Gold Panda award-winning "How China Works." She is the author of two books, "A Walk Down the Aisle: Notes on a Modern Wedding" and "The Neppi Modona Diaries: Reading Jewish Survival Through My Italian Family." She speaks Italian and is fluent in food.