Nicholas Gilman was born in New York City. Traveling to Mexico City as a teenager he became interested in the traditions of Mexican painting and culture. He worked as an assistant curator at the Hispanic Society of America for several years and later enrolled in The New York Academy of Art to study classical painting and sculpture. A painter as well as a food writer, he has shown his work extensively in the USA and Mexico. He has studied gastronomy at UNAM, cooking at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, is a founding member of a Mexican convivium of Slow Food International. Amongst his media appearances, he has been a guest on NPR's The Splendid Table and Around the World Radio as well as on Contigo Hoy, Televisa TV,Imagen News with Ana Maria Salazar and Crónicas de la Ciudad with Guillermo Osorno in Mexico. He has written a weekly restaurant review column for The News, Mexico's English daily, and his work has been published in The New York Times, The L.A. Times, New York Magazine, Travel & Liesure, Condé Nast Traveler, The Guardian and The Monitor. He was editor and photographer for the book Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler, and in 2007 published Good Food in Mexico City: A Guide to Food Stalls, Fondas and Fine Dining, which won the Gourmand Cookbook award. He lives and works in Mexico City.