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Jenée Libby is a writer of food, fiction, travel, and essay. A struggling photographer, a frustrated novelist, and a lover of diner ephemera. She’s obsessed with vintage cookbooks and sells them in her Etsy shop, edacious (cook)booksellers. She’s written for C-Ville Weekly, the 2015 Virginia Travel Guide, and has been a regular contributor and “Drink This!” columnist for Our Local Commons.

Her blog, The Diner of Cville began in 2008 as “edible cville” a restaurant review site, but quickly evolved into a frenzied literary mosaic of all things food. Because Charlottesville is much more than its wine, weddings, and the ever-popular “Which restaurant will close next?” drama. There are food stories. And a glorious food history. Almost 1050 Facebook fans and 4000 Twitter followers seem to agree and for that she is grateful. C-Ville Weekly granted her its 2010 “Best Food Blog” award and named her Runner-Up in 2011, and for that she is astonished. And grateful.

Jenée adores brunch with cocktails, prefers barefoot picnics to fine dining, barbecue to foie gras, is constantly on the hunt for the absolutely perfect raw oyster, believes biscuits with honey to be a cure-all, turns her nose up at birthday cake that isn’t pound cake, and thinks anyone who doesn’t believe pho is the perfect food is just plain silly. Her dream dinner party guests would include Jacques Pépin, Oscar Wilde, Isak Dinesen, Dolly Parton, and Larry Bly and Laban Johnson, Jr. from “Cookin’ Cheap”. She is not a chef or a foodie. Just someone who loves to cook, eat, travel, and write about it all.

In February 2015, she will launch “edacious” a podcast devoted to all things food, including discussions about Charlottesville restaurants. Hopefully, she won’t piss off too many people. But then that wouldn’t be any fun, would it?

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