As fate would have it, Scott didn't figure out he was a writer until he was about 40. He had done plenty of writing before that, actually publishing his first short story at the tender age of 16 (here it is!) After that, his writing was restricted to grad-school papers and stuffy grant proposals and policy briefings.
In 2005 the fun really began when he started writing a weekly food column for his local newspaper. The column is now syndicated nationwide. He also writes for magazines like Midwest Living, Indianapolis Monthly, AAA Living, and Chef Educator Today.
Scott's writing focuses on food and its role in family and community. Sure he develops recipes and profiles restaurants, but he also explores how things like church pitch-ins and street fairs bring us together as a community; farm-to-table connections; how to make preparing foods and meal time, meaningful family time; and how food can connect us to our heritage.
Scott's first book, Home Grown Indiana: A Food Lover's Guide to Good Eating in the Hoosier State (co-authored with Christine Barbour and published by Indiana University Press) is available in bookstores all over Indiana and from Amazon.com here. Home Grown Indiana was named Best Creative Nonfiction Book by the Indiana State Library's Center for the Book.
Scott is currently working on a new book, Filling the Hungry with Good Things: Reconnecting Our Food with Our Faith. Look for it in 2011. Scott is represented by the Daniel Literary Group.