Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is a New York-based journalist and author of "A Tiger In The Kitchen: A Memoir of Food & Family" (Hyperion, 2011). She is the editor of the fiction anthology "Singapore Noir," which Akashic Books will publish in April 2014, and is currently working on her first novel.
She was a staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, In Style magazine and the Baltimore Sun. Her stories have also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Food & Wine, Marie Claire, Bloomberg Businessweek, Martha Stewart Weddings, Chicago Tribune, The (Portland) Oregonian, The (Topeka) Capital-Journal and The (Singapore) Straits Times among other places.
She has been an artist in residence at Yaddo, where she wrote "A Tiger in the Kitchen," the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Studios of Key West. In 2012, she was the recipient of a major arts creation grant from the National Arts Council of Singapore in support of her novel.
Born and raised in Singapore, she crossed the ocean at age 18 to go to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Unsure of whether she would remain in the U.S. after college, she interned in places as disparate as possible. She hung out with Harley Davidson enthusiasts in Topeka, Kan., interviewed gypsies about their burial rituals in Portland, Ore., covered July 4 in Washington, D.C., and chronicled the life and times of the Boomerang Pleasure Club, a group of Italian-American men that were getting together to cook, play cards and gab about women for decades in their storefront "clubhouse" in Chicago.
An active member of the Asian American Journalists Association, she served on its national board for seven years, ending in 2010.
She started her full-time journalism career helping out on the cops beat in Baltimore -- training that would prove to be essential in her future fashion reporting. Both, it turns out, are like war zones. The only difference is, people dress differently.