Eddie McNamara was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York (before it was cool). A former Port Authority cop, he served on the post-9/11 World Trade Center rescue/ recovery team.
After leaving the police force and graduating from the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, he interned for chef Amanda Cohen at her boundary-pushing vegetarian restaurant, Dirt Candy, and worked as a recipe tester and developer for InStyle, HGTV, and Women’s Health magazines. Inspired by Brooklyn food, which has roots all over the globe, he shares his vegetarian recipes on his Tumblr page, "Toss Your Own Salad."
He lives with his wife in a tiny Manhattan apartment, and no, he's not moving to Portland. Toss Your Own Salad is his first cookbook.
“Any schmuck can put bacon on something to make it delicious.”