Laura Zorch (MAM, 2012) Co-Authors Book About Pittsburgh Cuisine

Jul 18, 2012

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Since graduating from the Master of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College in 2011, Laura Zorch has garnered great arts management experience with organizations such as the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Art and the Westmoreland Museum. However, she can now add published author to her résumé.

Zorch, along with three other writers who make up the blogging team at EatPGH, has penned A Food Lover’s Guide to Pittsburgh, a culinary encyclopedia of restaurants, markets and food-based events throughout the Steel City. The book is published by Globe Pequot Press and will be available through all major retail outlets on September 4, 2012.

A western Pennsylvania native, Zorch is full of Pittsburgh pride and credits the city’s lack of pretense as one of its biggest features.

“Pittsburgh as a whole is so friendly and welcoming, and that’s the draw of the region’s cuisine,” says Zorch about her love for her hometown. “That ethos also extends to the food because you have some amazing chefs like Keith Fuller and Kevin Sousa doing really interesting things, but the cuisine stays approachable.”

When it came to writing the book, Zorch explains that the process was fast and the deadlines were rapid.

“We were approached in December by the publisher and all the writing was complete by March,” says Zorch. “During those three months we visited and reviewed more than 200 restaurants, so you can imagine our schedules were pretty crazy.”

In addition to the 228 restaurants covered in A Food Lover’s Guide to Pittsburgh, the book also includes sidebars on local food interests, chefs’ recipes and stadium food features.

While Zorch regularly uses the arts management skills she attained while in the MAM program when she’s working at her day job, she also credits Heinz College in having a hand in her newfound literary pursuit.

“If I wasn’t accepted to Heinz College for graduate school, I would have most certainly left Pittsburgh,” explains Zorch. “My decision to enroll in the MAM program allowed me to experience the great cuisine of the city and connect with my EatPGH co-authors.”

A Food Lover’s Guide to Pittsburgh is available for pre-order on Amazon.


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