Writer and Editor
Food, Drink, Music, Travel, Lifestyle, Personalities
Mississippi-born Jennifer V. Cole is a freelance writer and editor. Her work appears in Food & Wine, Garden & Gun, Eater, Fast Company, Coastal Living, Travel + Leisure, Esquire, Punch, Modern Farmer, and more. She was Deputy Editor of Southern Living, where she covered the South for nearly a decade. She has been circumnavigating the globe (without permanent home) since spring 2017. These days you're most likely to find her in Sicily, Mexico City, or New Orleans.
Cole is co-author of Chasing the Gator (Little, Brown and Company) with chef Issac Toups, which was nominated for the 2019 IACP Julia Child First Book Award. She launched and was Editor-at-Large for Bake From Scratch, a luxury consumer publication dedicated to the world of bread, pastry, and confections. It was named the Hottest New Magazine by min in 2016, among 217 contenders. She guest edited the spring 2017 issue of Gravy, the James Beard Award-winning publication of the Southern Foodways Alliance, and edited the "American South" Wildsam Field Guide.
After graduating with honors from Auburn University with a triple major in Economics, French, and German, she made her way to New York where she worked at TIME magazine, and subsequently as an editor for Travel + Leisure. She has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, ridden elephant-back through the jungles of Thailand, and sailed on gulets over the Aegean Sea. She’s generally made it her mission to eat her way around the world—she’ll try anything once.
Cole was the founding editor and producer of the Southern Living "Biscuits & Jam" video and concert music series. She has been named an Arkansas Traveler by the Governor and Secretary of State of Arkansas and received a proclamation from the Tennessee legislature for her work in food and music. She regularly speaks at conferences and events such as Terra Vita, BevCon, Food Media South, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, and the Southern Food Writing Conference. Her work has been recognized by min, Folio, and the Society of American Travel Writers.
Cole speaks French, Italian, and German—and enough Spanish and Dutch to get in trouble. She takes her bourbon neat.