J. Ryan Stradal is a contributing editor at TASTE Magazine. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Granta, The Rumpus, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he co-hosts a culinary-themed reading series called Hot Dish. He has also worked as a TV producer, notably for Ice Road Truckers and Deadliest Catch. Stradal’s next novel, The Lager Queen of Minnesota, is forthcoming from Pamela Dorman Books/Viking.