China South of the Clouds

Traveling and Cooking in China's Yunnan Province

About the Author

I am a freelance food and travel writer living, working and cooking in Yunnan, China. As an avid student of Chinese language, culture, and food for many years, I have been traveling to China regularly since 2000 in order to learn about the country’s diverse foodways. I first came to Yunnan in the summer of 2000 as a student on holiday, and for years I dreamed of coming back and spending more time in this fascinating place.

In the fall of 2010 I left my position as managing editor of Saveur magazine, where I had been privileged to work for five years, in order to move to Yunnan for a year and a half and spend some time fully exploring the area’s foods and traditions. I now live in San Francisco, but I return to Yunnan at least a couple times a year.

I am blessed to be able to explore the region with my husband, Josh Wand, who has photographed stories for Saveur, Imbibe, the Art of Eating, and Edible Manhattan and who has fallen just as far in love with Yunnanese food as I have. His photographs far outshine mine and are a welcome addition to the blog.

I have written about Chinese food and culture for Saveur, Roads and Kingdoms, Imbibe, the Art of Eating, and The Wall Street Journal, and I continue to contribute to those publications as I explore Yunnan and all that it has to offer. My published work can be viewed at

—Georgia Freedman