food writer. anxious cook.

Cara Strickland is a writer and former restaurant critic focused mainly on food and drink, and faith. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Salon, JSTOR Daily, Tales of the Cocktail, and others.

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Where's Cara? (Volume 8: The Freelanceaversary edition)

Celebrating my Freelanceaversary by sharing my first national food byline, and a piece in the Washington Post. 

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Where's Cara? (Volume Seven: The Food Edition)

A collection of the summer's food writing. 

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Where's Cara? (Volume Six)

In this edition: rice and family history, how yoga is teaching me to pray, and achieving proper bra fit.

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published work

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The bleak future of food criticism: Yelp reviews, puff pieces and no accountability for restaurants


As the last dining critic in my city, I was a voice for the people who couldn't afford to waste money on a bad meal

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I Dream of Owning a Dog the Way Some People Yearn for a Baby

The Washington Post

"When I thought about what I wanted my life to look like at this point, I pictured a dog. I pictured a significant other, as well. But dogs are easier to acquire, at least in theory."

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Why Was Turkish Delight C.S. Lewis's Guilty Pleasure?


An exploration of the history of Turkish delight, through the lens of Edmund and WWII.  

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