Peter Kaminsky has fished the Hudson from its upper reaches to the edge of the Continental Shelf. His Outdoors Column has appeared in the New York Times for 25 years. He was New York Magazine’s Underground Gourmet for four years and has contributed regularly to many national publications. His books include Pig Perfect: Encounters With Remarkable Swine, The Moon Pulled Up an Acre of Bass, Culinary Intelligence, The Elements of Taste (with Gray Kunz), 7 Fires (with Francis Mallmann). His collection of Mark Twain’s travel writing (“The Chicago of Europe”) was published by Sterling Press. He appeared at the most recent quadrennial gathering of Mark Twain scholars at Elmira College Celebrate where he delivered the keynote speech “ Remarks By The Least Qualified Person In The Room.” He is the former Managing Editor of National Lampoon and one of the creators and executive producers of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song which was awarded by President Obama.