About Braiden Rex-Johnson

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I am a child of the ‘60s and early ‘70s, born and raised in the gentle suburbs southeast of Philadelphia.

From an early age, I learned to appreciate shopping at the local farmers’ market, my mother’s soft-shelled crabs, real Italian food, and beefsteak tomatoes.

Sixteen years in Dallas adapted my palate to the spicy goodness of southwestern and Tex-Mex cuisine.

My husband, Spencer Johnson, and I made a bold move to Seattle in 1990, rented an apartment just a salmon toss from the city’s beloved Pike Place Market, and I began to write about Pacific Northwest food and wine.

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Over the years, I became a best-selling cookbook author with seven books under my belt (so to speak). My current book in print is the Pike Place Public Market Seafood Cookbook, published in 2005, and the e-edition, published in 2010.

My seminal work is Pacific Northwest Wining & Dining: The People, Places, Food, and Drink of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia (Wiley, 2007). Previous titles include the Pike Place Market Cookbook (Sasquatch Books, 1992 and 2003), That’s Fresh: Seasonal Recipes for Young Cooks (Sasquatch Books, 1995) and Inside the Pike Place Market: Exploring America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market (Sasquatch Books, 1999).

My specialty was Northwest cuisine and wine, with a special knowledge and affinity for farmers’ markets, Northwest seafood, and Northwest wine. From 200o until 2013, my “Market Grapevine” and “Northwest Edge” columns were published quarterly in Wine Press Northwest magazine.

From 2008 until 2012, I was a regular contributor to The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest magazine. During that same time span, I was also a guest-chef blogger on Amazon.com’s Al Dente blog.

I also served as food editor at Seattle Homes & Lifestyles for five years, and worked as “Pike Place Market” and “Seattle Stockpot” columnist for both the print and online versions of CityFoodbased in Vancouver, British Columbia.

I have been a frequent contributor to NW Palate, and written articles for Simply Seafood, Alaska and Horizon Airlines Magazines, Health, and Where/Seattle magazine.

My television appearances include “Destination USA: Secrets of Seattle” (Travel Channel), “Dining on the Train: the American Orient Express” (Food Network), “Home Matters” (Discovery Channel), the “Pacific Northwest Specialty Foods Show” (QVC), “S is for Seafood” (Seattle affiliate of Public Television), and “Seattle’s Best Desserts” (Evening Magazine). Radio appearances include National Public Radio “Weekend Edition Sunday” with host Liane Hansen: National Public Radio “Morning Edition” with Susan Stamberg, several appearances on Martha Stewart’s shows on Sirius Radio, and “Tom Douglas’ Seattle Kitchen.”

For more than 10 years, I was an active member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), serving on the international board for two years, first as Chapter Board Liaison, then as Second Vice President. I also served as President, Vice President, Secretary, and International Liaison for the Seattle Chapter.

I am a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Friends of the Market (FOM).

I received a merit scholarship to the Symposium for Professional Food Writers at The Greenbrier in 1998, and attended the symposium in 1999, 2001, and 2003. I also attended the first annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley in 2005; the Food Writers’ Retreat in Burgundy, France, in 2006; and was awarded a merit scholarship to Meadowood in 2009. I am very proud to say that I was the only writer ever to have received merit scholarships to both the Food Writers and Wine Writers symposia.

I am also the founder/editor of FiveMoreMinutesWith.com, an inspirational-tribute site launched in the spring of 2010. While no longer actively posting on the site, it is still a rich repository of stories and photos of dearly departed loved ones as well as The Inspiring Moment photo gallery.

For the past several years, I have been exploring other forms of writing including memoir and fiction. And travel has become quite a big part of my life as Spencer and I continue to discover new countries and cuisines throughout Europe and beyond.