Hi, I'm Lauren.
I'm Lauren Duffy Lastowka, a writer and editor based in Leesburg, Virginia. I specialize in clear, accurate communication in the areas of health and wellbeing. I've served as the executive editor of Diabetic Living magazine, managed an editorial team at American Specialty Health, and served as the managing editor of Edible San Diego.
- Senior Editor, Meredith Premium Publishing, remote; September 2020–present
- Executive Editor, Diabetic Living magazine, Meredith Corporation. Shelburne, VT; January 2018–September 2020
- Editor, Meredith Content Licensing. Shelburne, VT; September 2015–January 2018
- Manager, Consumer Health Information, American Specialty Health. San Diego, CA; November 2008–September 2015
- Managing Editor, Edible San Diego. San Diego, CA; November 2008–June 2013
- Writer and Editor, SanDiegoRestaurants.com. San Diego, CA; November 2006–November 2008
- Editor, Plural Publishing Inc. San Diego, CA; October 2004-November 2006
- University of San Diego Extension, Copyediting Certficate
- University of Virginia, B.A., English and Anthropology
Here are a few select writing projects, mostly about food and mostly from my freelance days. (Most of my health writing has been for print or behind a paywall; contact me for clips!)
I began working with the editors of EatingWell.com as part of my job as executive editor of Diabetic Living magazine, which was a sister publication of EatingWell.
- Debbie Allen Is Sharing Why We Should All Be Paying More Attention to Kidney Health, February 2021
- How to Make a Charcuterie Airstream House this Holiday Season, December 2020
- This Is the Only Pan I Put on My Wedding Registry and I Don't Regret it for a Second, November 2020
- Can You Eat Carbs When You Have Diabetes? November 2019
I began freelancing for Edible San Diego for their inaugural issue and contributed regularly until I moved away from San Diego in 2015. I served as the managing editor of the publication from 2009 to 2013 .
- Brew Times Two, Spring 2015
- Eat It to Save It, Spring 2014
- We are What We Eat, Spring 2008
- The Story of A Meal, Summer 2008
- A Good Egg, Fall 2008
- Starting a Kitchen Garden, Winter 2008
- Knight Salumi Co, Winter 2008
I wrote a bi-weekly column called Hoptown Girl for San Diego Uptown News in 2010 and 2011 that focused on craft beer brewed and served in San Diego County.
- High Hopes for San Diego Beer
- The New (Old) Kid on the Block
- Forget October: It's Time to Look Forward to Beer Week
- Three Excuses to Grab a Pint This Summer
- Craft Beer is Booming More Than Ever
- New Beer's Resolutions
- Beyond the Pint Glass, Craft Beer Takes Over the Plate
- Hold on Tight for San Diego Beer Week
- Falling for Fresh Hop Beers
- When Belgian Beers Meet American Hops
- Hess Brewing: The New Kid on the Beer Block
- Sun and Heat - Bring on the Wheat
- Hop Right Up It's IPA Time
- Local Lagers Prove Worthy Contenders
- A Traditional Belgian Brewery Makes Its Home in San Diego's North County
- Thirsty? How About Some of the Best Beers in America?
San Diego News Network
I wrote a series of 15 pieces as a bi-weekly "In Season" column for the now-shuttered SDNN.com, focusing on one in-season fruit or vegetable each week. Topics included avocados, fennel, mushrooms, beets, pomegranates, persimmons, and my all-time favorite, figs.
I have contributed a few craft-beer-related pieces to SeriousEats.com. In 2016, I represented Burlington, Vermont in the Great American Beer Brawl, with my piece on why Burlington deserves to be considered the best beer city in the U.S. I also put together a Gift Guide: For Beer Lovers slideshow for the 2010 holiday season and a San Diego Beer Week highlights slideshow for the November 2011 San Diego Beer Week.
I'm New York born, Jersey raised, Virginia schooled. I went to a science and technology high school only to become an English major in college. I launched my writing and editing career in San Diego, where I became enamored with local food and farms and began to understand the intersection of food and health. After a decade-plus in Southern California, I moved to Burlington, Vermont, to work as a health editor for Meredith Corporation. I spent five years learning to ski and exploring the mountains, but finally felt compelled to return home to Northern Virginia.
What you won’t find on my resume: I smoke a mean pork shoulder and brew a pretty decent IPA. I’ve traveled to 43 states and have my eye on the remaining 7. I helped publicize National High Five Day in its early years. I'm an amateur ceramicist, an avid hiker, and a champion light packer. My not-so-secret goal in life is to get a dish I invent put on a restaurant menu, ideally with a cheezy pun for a name. I’m married to Conor Lastowka. You might know him for being funny. Oh, and the last name? It’s pronounced Luh-stow-ka.