About James Sturz

James Sturz is a food, fiction, and travel writer based in New York. He is author of the novel Sasso, set in southern Italy, and contributed to Italy: The Best Travel Writing from The New York Times and Best Food Writing 2007. His articles, essays, and stories have run in more than 70 publications, including Travel + Leisure, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Playboy, Afar, Alimentum, Saveur, and McSweeney’s.

Sabrina’s Mouth

In this piece from novelist James Sturz, a man discovers flavors while describing his lover’s mouth as she chews on her hair, laps up yogurt, or kisses him.


Speck Mountain

James Sturz finds the sublime and the funny in the Italian province of South Tyrol, home of the Speck Festival and its famous speck ham mountain.

Meat: The Pleasure of the Flesh

Readings: “Meat”

Novelist, essayist, and food writer James Sturz reads his sensual and occasionally erotic piece about the pleasures of flesh—both animal and human—and the sometimes disquieting similarity between them.