Chynoweth hails from New Hampshire where she grew up among back-to-the-land Quakers.
Somewhere between enduring her mother's solstice parties and watching her father
tour the countryside with a donkey during bids for Democratic office, she learned
to see the funnier side of life. In 2004, an especially ridiculous episode in
her career as a freelance food and travel writer led her to create and edit The
Risks of Sunbathing Topless: And Other Funny Stories from the Road (Seal Press),
an anthology that Publisher's Weekly described as "frisky and fun"
with "a good dose of humor." Her irreverent essays have appeared in
numerous other books, including Women Who Eat and Go Your Own Way.
She's the author of The
Bridesmaid Guide: A Guide to Etiquette, Parties, and Being Fabulous (Chronicle
Books) and her cheeky advice for brides and maids has appeared in InStyle,
Elegant Bride, and elsewhere. She wrote several guidebooks in the travel series
Best Places to Kiss (Sasquatch Books) and her work appears in magazines such
as Real Simple, Seattle, and Sunset. She is currently the Food Editor
of Pittsburgh magazine. || || |