John Ephesus

DM is shorthand for Delicious Mischief, the weekly radio talk show John DeMers hosted for 26 years in New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. John is a veteran journalist and author, with 56 published books to his credit, nonfiction and fiction published by Simon & Schuster, Random House, Ten Speed Press and Bright Sky Press. He has reported on assignment from 138 foreign countries and, most recently, helped Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods create the Culinary Adventure Cooking School in the Texas Hill Country town of Fredericksburg.  He now lives in northern Virginia, a quick ride from Washington, D.C.

John grew up in New Orleans with two parents who loved to cook, a passion that found its way into his heart as well.

After earning BA and MA degrees in journalism, he covered all varieties of news for a decade, including plane crashes and Mafia trials, hurricanes and oil rig explosions, Super Bowls and championship fights, for United Press International (UPI). He also worked on the copy desk of the Baton Rouge Advocate, served as arts editor of the Jackson (Miss.) Daily News and eventually enjoyed a tenure as food editor of the Houston Chronicle.

In addition to his arts coverage in Jackson, John has served as managing editor of the monthly print magazine ArtsHouston and produced its later online incarnation Houston ArtsWeek. His previews and reviews have appeared in Opera News and Ballet News magazines, as well as in Houston magazine, Prime Living and Arts + Culture Texas. He is a regular lecturer on Mediterranean and Caribbean history, culture and music aboard Celebrity, Princess and Royal Caribbean cruise lines.

John’s nonfiction books include The Delicious Mischief Cookbook, Lone Star Chefs, The Food of Jamaica, The Food of New Orleans, Caribbean Cooking, Bragging Rights and Miss Fortune’s Last Mission, while his fiction takes in the Greek Island novel New Wine, the West Texas crime collection beginning with Marfa Shadows and Terlingua Heat, and an upcoming Greek island series starting with Night Music. He has also written several plays, including I, Paul, Servant of Slaves, Mr. Jefferson’s Garden and the musical Deep in the Heart.