Shaun Chavis

Shaun Chavis is a freelance writer specializing in food issues. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism, a culinary arts degree, and master’s degree in gastronomy from Boston University. She’s worked as a newscast producer and online news producer for television stations in Oklahoma City, Durham and Boston. She wrote an award-winning weight loss blog as a diet editor for Health magazine, and edited cookbooks for Cooking Light, Southern Living, and other brands. Shaun grew up the daughter of a U.S. Army officer and still loves travel. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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It's a pie. Filled with squash. Who in the world decided that was a good idea?

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Nothing goes better with a cup of coffee than a sweet cupcake. But do you crave the two together or does that cup of joe actually make you hungry?

Lobster has long been associated with luxury and fine dining. But could newly imposed Chinese tariffs change that?

And a simple biscuit recipe to go along with it.

In 2017, bottled water surpassed soda as Americans' favorite drink. How did water, something we get for free, become a multi-billion-dollar business?

The number of Americans living in food deserts has decreased, but there's still a long way to go before everyone has access to healthy food.

Unless it's fresh-squeezed (and even then) juice is loaded with sugar, often as much as a can of Coca-Cola. So why do we still tout it as healthy?

Sure you can get salmonella from eating contaminated produce or meat, but your beloved breakfast cereal? Really?

A lectin-free diet bans beans, grains and even some veggies. So is this the next cure-all fad diet?

It's not just people with an affinity for hot sauce. The real answer will probably surprise you.

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