Melanie Carden is a Boston-based freelance writer. Formerly a private chef and newspaper columnist, she writes about travel (14 countries and counting!), culture, food, pro-age beauty, home entertaining, and fashion. She is a passionate advocate for lifelong learning and earned her BA in Food and Culture Journalism (summa cum laude) from the University of Massachusetts—Amherst. Mel has way too many cozy mugs, loves hiking, and is clinically obsessed with picnics.
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In pursuit of her passion for writing, Mel returned to the classroom in 2017. Shout-out to all the lifelong learners out there!
BA | UMASS—AMHERST
Concentration: Food and Culture Journalism is a customized concentration, focusing on the deeper meanings and cultural impacts of food as well as its connection to social and environmental justice.
Coursework Highlights: Anthropology of Food and Culture, Social Permaculture for Food Justice, Ideas that Changed the World (honor's course), Interviewing, Technology Reflections, Personal Finance, and Herbalism
Accolades: Graduated Summa Cum Laude, UMass Presidential Jack Wilson Scholarship recipient, Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor's Society, 21st Century Leader Commencement Award Nominee, Senior Leadership Award Recipient, Panelist: Resilience and First-Generation College Students, University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association Senior Leadership Award
Home and About page photos: Stephanie Smith Photography