Nourish Me is a series of essays on books, Vietnamese culture and food. It is currently on hiatus until September 2023, or until I can decide definitively what to do with this little blog of mine. Stay tuned!

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 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.

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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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Hoang Samuelson
Aspiring author. Editor. Dog mom. Real mom. Loves New York (and The New Yorker) but can never live in it.