About Burnt Toast

Burnt Toast is a weekly newsletter about how we navigate diet culture and fatphobia, especially through parenting. (But non-parents like it too!) I alternate answering your questions with short essays and rants. I’m also deep into research for my next book, so sometimes you get outtakes, behind-the-scenes peeks, and the little research snippets that I can’t stop thinking about.


About Virginia

I’m the author of The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America. As a journalist, I’ve reported from kitchen tables and grocery stores, graduated from beauty school, and gone swimming in a mermaid’s tail. My work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Scientific American and many other publications. I’m also a frequent contributor to NYT Parenting, a contributing editor with Parents Magazine and author of the forthcoming FAT KID PHOBIA.

I live in New York’s Hudson Valley with my family and too many houseplants. Sometimes I put pictures of the plants in the newsletter. You can see more of my writing here, and follow me (and my plants) on Instagram and Twitter.