John Birdsall is a two-time James Beard Award–winning author, a former food critic, and longtime restaurant cook. He is the coauthor of a cookbook, Hawker Fare, with James Syhabout. He lives in Tucson.

Books in order of publication:

Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef’s Thai Isan & Lao Roots – 2018

The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard – 2020