What’s this about?

Nourish Me is a blog written by Hoang Samuelson, a Vietnamese American writer, editor and aspiring author currently based in Portland, Oregon. I tell stories that illuminate my experience as a village girl who had (and still do) big dreams. Told through the lens of food, family, books, and experiences, it is my hope that you will be inspired to tell your own story.

Who are you?

Me at Hearst Castle, pre-pandemic.

I’m Hoang Samuelson, a food and culture writer based in Portland, Oregon. I was born in Vietnam and lived in a small village about thirty minutes away from Saigon until I was ten, when I came to America. I’ve been in Portland ever since.

Currently, I’m working on a novel (my first!) about the Vietnam War, based on my parents’ youth. I’ve been published in several outlets including Food52, The Kitchn, The Takeout, Catapult, Memoir Land, and Roxane Gay’s The Audacity newsletter. You can find more of my work here.

Here’s what people have said about my writing….

“Your newsletter is one of the few I read immediately when it comes to my inbox. You have such beautiful writing and the subjects you deal with are compelling.” - Marjorie N.

“You write beautifully about some very poignant topics. I look forward to your pieces.” - Deb B.

“I loved reading this post. A street that is not just a roadway but a journey that continues. Beautiful.” - Elizabeth M.

“Thanks for sharing this beautiful essay, inspiring!” - David T.

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You can also find me Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Come say hi!

I’m also a regular columnist for BooknBrunch, The Kitchn, and The Takeout.

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Chronicles of a modern Asian person, told (mostly) through a food lens.


Hoang Samuelson is an accountant by day and writer, editor by night and aspiring illustrator on the weekends. Find out more at hoangsamuelson.com.