About Deep Dish

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson


TEDx attendee lanyard - 'Richard Meadows: Journalism/Pizza'


Welcome to Deep Dish, the home of leading investigative pizza journalist Richard Meadows!

  • Do you have a sneaking suspicion there might be better ways of living beyond the status quo? Same!
  • Interested in the pursuit of happiness, as it relates to money, minimalism, health, and psychology? Me too!
  • Love pizza so much that you’d literally eat your own bodyweight, given half a chance? We’re going to get on just fine.

Some background


Proudly posing in front of 200 pizza boxes.
There’s always room in the budget for deep dish pizza.

I worked as a business reporter for almost five years. I still write a weekly personal finance column for Fairfax Media, and do a bit of freelance journalism and copywriting on the side.

My immersion in the world of money included run-ins with billionaires, criminals, traders, entrepreneurs, interrogators, polymaths and paupers, all of whom taught me something.

It didn’t take long to realise most mainstream money advice was mealy-mouthed bullshit.

After heaps of research and some trial and error, I came across the less-travelled path to financial success.

I was 22 years old, with less than a cent to my name.  Once I made a bunch of small lifestyle tweaks, the savings started pouring in. Just over three years later, my net worth had soared from a big fat zero to six figures.

You can read more about the journey in How to Save $100,000 by Age 25.


What now?


Deep Dish about page Mangheta
Adventure time: Mangheta (left) braved flood waters to drive my sorry ass to a Myanmar hospital, then invited me to family dinner.
Reaching the six figure milestone was the trigger to quit my job, abandon my worldly possessions, and move to Southeast Asia with a 20 litre day pack and a spare pair of undies.


I’m currently:

  • Plotting and scheming various projects
  • Reading a metric shit-tonne of books
  • Conducting more experiments
  • Learning a couple of new skills
  • Eating obscene quantities of Pad Thai



“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

— Mark Twain


What is Deep Dish?


I created this blog as a place to document my lifestyle experiments, and collate some of my published work.

While it’s mostly for my own enjoyment, I figured other people might get something out of it too.

All I know for sure is that taking a few small steps off the beaten path has completely changed the trajectory of my life.

Maybe it can do the same for you.