Julia Reed grew up in Greenville, Mississippi. As a college student at Georgetown and American University, she interned at Newsweek, where she is now contributing editor and author of the magazine’s monthly “Food and Drink” column. She is the author of The House on First Street, My New Orleans Story; Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties: An Entertaining Life; and Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena, a collection of essays about the South.
For 20 years, Reed was senior writer and contributing editor at Vogue, where her profile subjects included George and Laura Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Robert de Niro, and Drew Barrymore. She contributes regularly to The New York Times,London’s The Spectator, and Southern Accents.
Reed lives in New Orleans with her husband, John Pearce, an oil and gas attorney, and their beagle Henry. She serves as chairman of the board of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties: (St. Martin’s 2009)
The House on First Street, My New Orleans Story (Ecco 2008)
Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomen (Random House 2005)