Keia Mastrianni is a writer, oral historian, and photographer based in Western North Carolina. Her work focuses on foodways and food culture through the stories of people and regional ingredients. She is particularly interested in the intersection between agriculture and social issues, and continues to explore these topics as Deputy Editor of Crop Stories, an independent food and farm journal focused on telling complex stories from the agricultural South.
Her writing has appeared in the Local Palate, Bon Appetit online, Gravy, Bake from Scratch, Edible Communities, Modern Farmer, and Food Republic, among others. As an oral historian, she has worked in partnership with the Southern Foodways Alliance to collect stories from a North Carolina coastal community, and immigrant-owned food businesses in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is copy editor for the Local Palate and is currently co-authoring a cookbook with Charlotte chef Bruce Moffett to be published by UNC-Press in Spring 2019. She is also the baker behind a small-batch pie endeavor known as Milk Glass Pie.
Photo credit: Peter Taylor