Layne Mosler is an internationally published author whose work and projects have been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
In addition to her own writing, Layne offers individual mentoring for writers who want to deepen their creative practice and finish their first drafts. She lives in Berlin.
Adrift in Buenos Aires, Layne Mosler was hungry—for an excellent (and cheap) meal, for a great story, for a new direction. A chance recommendation from a taxi driver helped her find all these things, and sparked a quest that would take her to three cities, meeting people from all walks of life, and finding an array of unexpected flavors. A story about following your passion, the pleasures of not always knowing your destination, and the beauty of chance encounters.
Press and Media Mentions
- When dreams of opening her own restaurant soured, Mosler chased her desire to be the next Anthony Bourdain across three continents, asking every cab driver she met, "Could you take me to your favorite restaurant?" After starting the blog Taxi Gourmet and getting a hack license of her own, she sat down to write this sparkling memoir about what she learned along the way. — O, the Oprah Magazine
- In Driving Hungry, Mosler builds relationships around food: the meals she enjoys are often solitary, but are always the product of — or the drive behind — a memorable interaction...It recalls A Moveable Feast, Hemingway’s seminal memoir of life in Paris in the 1920s. In both accounts, the primary interest is human interaction, but you get the clear sense that none of it would have happened — between Hemingway and Fitzergald, or Mosler and her various drivers and passengers — if there hadn’t been a good dish on the table. —The National Post, Canada
- Mosler’s lively and accessible writing style joyfully captures the satisfaction gained by trusting your instincts and seeking out new places, food, and people.—Kirkus Reviews
- Layne Mosler is always on the hunt for a good, cheap meal. Back in 2007, she realized that taxi drivers often stumble on fast-food finds, so she started asking them for suggestions and doing taste tests herself. Her culinary escapades, which have taken her around the globe, from Berlin to Buenos Aires, are chronicled on her blog, TaxiGourmet.com. Last January, Ms. Mosler decided to become a New York City yellow-cab driver, working 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. three days a week.—The New York Times