About Alex Lewin

                

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I am a published author, software engineer, architect, and food professional with exceptional communication skills. I have a track record of articulating real-world problems and solving them using modern open-source software. I am a computer industry veteran, having worked at Internet giants (Yahoo!), supercomputer companies, financial companies, consumer electronics manufacturers, and food software companies. I studied math as an undergraduate at Harvard.

In addition to being passionate about technology, I am a health strategist. My interest in food and nutrition led me to study cooking in the Professional Chef's Program at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, and to study nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I cultivate health through food and action, by helping people set health goals for themselves, and meet these goals; advocating for real and healthy food; educating people and communities about health, wellness, food safety, and food preserving; empowering people to retake control of their food; and authoring my widely-read blog, Feed Me Like You Mean It.

My specialty is fermented foods. I love them because of their variety, their flavor, and their salutary properties. I have taught classes, led workshops, organized festivals, and made videos around food fermenting, especially vegetable fermenting. I have been featured for this work in publications including Harvard Magazine (local copy, see pages 16H-16K), Edible Boston (local copy), Stuff Magazine (local copy), and on public radio (story) (audio) (local). Some of my fermentation-related writing can be found in the fermentation thread on my blog.

Real Food Fermentation, my book about fermented foods, hit the shelves in June 2012.

In pursuit of my own health, I compete in triathlons. Bicycles are my preferred means of urban transportation, when at all possible. I've practiced yoga for eight years. I source my food from local producers and farmers' markets when I can. I serve on the board of the Boston Public Market Association, which is creating a year-round, indoor market in Boston selling local food.

I believe that the key to creating sustainable and healthy food supply chains throughout the world is for each of us to demand real food, local food, and healthy food.

I would like to create innovative tools to transform people's experience with food, health, and sustainability, and to help them navigate the glut of "content" the media bombard us with in the form of advertising, cooking shows, documentary films, government reports, summaries of medical research, and so on.

My passion, committment, and expertise are what ultimately enable me to translate ideas into real-world solutions.