About Rachel

Rachel Levin knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her gold-star essay on macaroni and cheese was taped up in the window of her fourth grade classroom as an exemplar to all the other kids. Call it her first stab at food writing.

Today, Rachel is a freelance writer and editor for numerous publications and writes about her passions — food and dining among them. In addition to culinary craft, Rachel also covers dance and performing arts, local and international travel, Los Angeles subculture, nutrition/health, and cultural studies of race and gender. She’s currently the Los Angeles Editor at Clean Plates and the Los Angeles Local Expert for Travel+Leisure magazine’s online guide. She tweets about the best of Los Angeles @RachelBethLA.

She has been a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, and her work has also appeared in national digital publications (Narratively, The Huffington Post, MSN.com), luxury travel publications (Travel+Leisure, Virtuoso Life), airline magazines (Southwest’s Spirit Magazine, Emirates’ Open Skies), dining publications (Clean PlatesDiningOut Magazine), and guides to the good life in Southern California (Westways, Time Out Los Angeles, Back Stage, Metromix, Singular Magazine). She also served as the Senior Writer and Editor for The Purple Passport, a taste-making online travel guide.

Rachel is a graduate of Stanford University and completed her MFA in creative nonfiction writing at the University of Southern California’s Master of Professional Writing program. She specializes in telling true stories using creative techniques — ’cause real life is so much more strange and wonderful than anything we could ever make up — and is drawn to tales of cross-cultural exchanges. With her own book projects in the works, she’s also a consultant to those seeking to craft their personal narratives. She is represented by The Strothman Agency.

Rachel has taught writing courses at numerous colleges in Southern California. She’s currently an adjunct faculty member in the English Department at Los Angeles City College and a National Writing Project Fellow.

When she’s not tapping away at her keyboard, you’ll find her dancing to hip hop and salsa music or whipping up healthy gourmet meals. She grew up in Orange County, CA, but has been a resident of Los Angeles for over 15 years. She’s still under the spell of the city’s purple-blossomed jacaranda trees, electric Santa Ana winds, and pulsing clave rhythms.