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Amy Sutherland

I am an author and freelance writer. My first book, "Cookoff: Recipe Fever in America", offered a candid look at American life via cooking contests across the country. The book was featured on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List,” included in Amazon.com’s list of the best 50 books of 2003, and was a finalist for an International Association of Culinary Professionals 2004 Cookbook Awards in the literary category.

In my second book, "Kicked, Bitten and Scratched", I spent a year following students at the top school for exotic animal trainers.
That lead indirectly to my most recent book, "What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love an Marriage". That book is based on my New York Times column and describes how, while working on "Kicked, Bitten and Scratched", I learned a new way of thinking and living from animal trainers. Both those books have been optioned by the film studio Summit Entertainment.

I've written articles for Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Downeast Magazine, among others. I also write Biblliophiles, a regular column for the Boston Globe’s Sunday Books section.

Previously I was a features writer at the Portland Press Herald and the Burlington Free Press. I have a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. I live not far from the Bunker Hill Monument with my husband Scott, our two dogs and two finches.