Sofia Perez is a freelance writer and editor with more than two decades of journalism and publishing experience. She has written for nearly every type of media and genre—ranging from print and web journalism, broadcast news, and documentaries, to nonprofit advocacy and fiction.
Recently, she completed her first book, a historical novel about the Spanish Civil War, which is now with her agent (Lisa Gallagher) to be sent out to publishers. She is also a contributing editor for Rodale’s Organic Life, and a regular contributor to Zester Daily. Her journalism work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Epicurious.com, Saveur (where she previously served as deputy editor, followed by an eight-year stint as editor-at-large), and Gourmet (where she was a staff research editor). In addition to her freelance writing, she has taught food-writing classes at New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education, and serves as a judge for the James Beard Foundation Book & Journalism Awards. She is also a principal in the consulting firm Counterpoise, and works as a translator for chef Ferran Adrià during his visits to North America.
Her career began in broadcast journalism, at the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and the network’s flagship morning show, Today. After leaving television news, she went on to write and produce documentaries, entertainment shows, and educational programs for children, such as PBS’ Reading Rainbow and A&E’s Biography for Kids. She has also worked in nonprofit public relations, as the director of communications for the Rainforest Alliance, an international conservation group that has been a pioneer in the fields of sustainable agriculture, forestry, and tourism.
In 2006, she was honored in Pamplona, Spain, where she received the Premios Internacionales EVA “Journalist/ Communicator of the Year” award, and was also a finalist for the 2003 Greenbrier Scholarship for Professional Food Writers.
A born-and-bred New Yorker, Sofia is the proud child of two remarkable Spaniards. She is fluent in her parents’ native language and proficient in French. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Princeton University, but the school she is most happy to have attended is Hunter College High School in Manhattan, where her graduating class chose a mollusk as its senior mascot.
[Editorial Note: The design at left—which I use as the profile image for my Facebook writer’s page, and which appears on my home page—is known as a triskele (in Spanish, trisquel). It is an ancient Celtic symbol that represents many different ideas, including the cyclical nature of life as well as the trinities of birth-death-rebirth and sky-sea-earth. Widely displayed throughout Galicia, Spain, where my parents were raised, it honors the region’s Celtic past, and also figures prominently in my novel.]