Today at The Open Notebook, we introduce a new recurring feature, called Single Best. We asked top science writers to give us their best advice in one minute or less. We are asking top science writers and editors to give us their single best piece of advice—given or taken, their single best idea, reporting trip or memorable experience.
We begin with Pulitzer Prize–winning author Deborah Blum. Blum is the author of five books, most recently the best-selling The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. Blum is a science blogger for Wired and is currently working on a book about poisonous food.