Nicholas Gilman, author of "Good Food in Mexico City: Food Stalls, Fondas and Fine Dining," was born in New York City. His father was theater critic Richard Gilman, and his mother, Esther, was an accomplished painter and illustrator. Traveling to Mexico City to study the mural movement, he became interested in the traditions of Mexican painting and culture. He worked as an assistant curator at the Hispanic Society of America for several years and later enrolled in the New York Academy of Art to study classical painting and sculpture. A painter as well as a food writer, he has shown his work extensively in the U.S. and Mexico. He has studied gastronomy at UNAM, cooking at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, and is a founding member of a Mexican chapter of Slow Food International. He has written a weekly restaurant review column for The News, Mexico's English daily, and his work has been published in The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor. He was editor and photographer for the book "Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler," and in 2007 published "Good Food in Mexico City," which won the Gourmand Cookbook award. He was featured on NPR's "The Splendid Table" and has appeared extensively on radio and TV in the U.S. and Mexico. He lives and works in Mexico City.