Elaina Friedman

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University Of Puget Sound, University Of Washington
Food Industry Labor Movements, Climate Change & Global Food Insecurity, Food In Film
  • Elaina's passion for environmental justice and her extensive coverage of the impact of climate change on global food insecurity has predictably given way to an obsession with public greenspace. Her conversation with Linnea Westerlind, the author or "Discovering Seattle Parks," was one of her first (and most memorable) interviews.
  • When she wants to edify herself without thinking too hard, she turns to food YouTube. Like everyone else, she loves J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, who has, for better or worse, introduced terms like "Maillard reaction" into her vocabulary. She's still reeling from the time she thought she maybe saw him at a grocery store.
  • While her repertoire as a home cook tends to favor the ease of routine over experimentation, she will eat literally any dish placed in front of her. Except for clams casino.


Elaina began her writing career at Seattle Magazine in 2016 and later served as an editor for the calendar division of the Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger for five years. Her versatility as a writer is informed not only by her eclectic background, but also by her passion for food, film, poetry, and social justice. She joined Static Media as a freelance news writer in 2021.


Elaina has a bachelor's in English from the University of Puget Sound, where she also minored in politics. She also holds a certificate in editing from the University of Washington.
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