While Daniel Schumacher had a longtime love of writing and storytelling, it was his time at The Flat Hat—the student newspaper of The College of William and Mary—that cemented his decision to pursue a career in journalism. He moved to New York City to cut his teeth in the magazine industry, and had short but impactful stints at Food Arts and Gourmet.
From there he moved to, and became fascinated with, the South. As the assistant food editor for Cottage Living magazine, Daniel worked with Food Editor Kim Sunée to craft enticing food and travel pieces for the title’s national audience. From the Southern Living Test Kitchen to Paso Robles, California, he helped tell the stories of remarkable people and memorable dishes. While in Birmingham, Daniel also wrote food and beverage pieces for Birmingham Magazine.
During his time in Birmingham, Alabama, Daniel began exploring New Orleans. When the opportunity to lead Louisiana Cookin’ magazine arose, Daniel jumped at the prospect of experiencing more of the Crescent City and the Bayou State. Shortly thereafter, Hoffman Media acquired the title and gave Daniel even more chances to expand the reach of Louisiana Cookin’. In nearly eight years with Hoffman Media, Daniel appeared in numerous live and taped TV, radio, and podcast episodes, acted as emcee of the magazine’s annual awards dinner, curated a book on Southern barbecue, and gave an on-stage recipe demo at the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival. In 2018, Daniel took the helm of Taste of the South magazine, where he helped highlight the diversity of culinary cultures in the region.
From his new home in West Virginia, Daniel continues to write about Southern food and foodways.