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Books: The Essential Dear Dara and Drink This: Wine Made Simple

Essays, criticism, nonfiction: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Gourmet, Saveur, Food & Wine, more


Awards: Loft McKnight Fellowship; two Minnesota State Arts Boards; five CRMA magazine awards; six James Beard Awards.

Teaching: Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center


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Ana Marie Cox

Dara has a voice that combines hard-won wisdom, .dark humor, and an utterly open heart.  You will come away from her writing feeling smarter, because she knows a hell of a lot about a lot of things: food, politics, parenting, relationships, how to remove stains. You will also come away from her writing feeling more whole, because she finds ways to balance empathy and discernment, sarcasm and courage, fear about the future and joy about it too.

Anthony Bourdain

Dara is right about absolutely everything. If she calls me up at four in the morning, and says 'Get dressed, get some money—and.a gun—you'll need it where we're going,' I don't ask questions, I just go.". 

Kelly Barnhill

Once upon a time, I would seek out Dara's columns in the (departed and still missed) City Pages, with something of a religious devotion. Her voice was so authentic and present and real that each paragraph felt like a clear-eyed, open-hearted, soulful conversation with your smartest best friend. I still feel that way, Dara's the best. If you're not reading every single sentence she's ever pinned to the page, then I have no other option than to question your choices, your values, and the direction of your life. I'm serious. Read every word. 

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