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Kim O’Donnel: Chef, Online Personality, and Journalist – www.kimodonnel.com
Kim O'Donnel

Kim O’Donnel is a trained chef, nationally recognized online food personality, and longtime journalist. She’s a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education and The University of Pennsylvania. Formerly of The Washington Post, she has also written for Culinate, Civil Eats, Huffington Post, Real Simple, Smithsonian.com and most recently, Clean Plates. Kim was the first blogger to write about Meatless Monday. Kim is the founder of Canning Across America, a collective dedicated to the revival of preserving food. She writes Mainly Meatless, a twice-monthly column that appears alternating Wednesdays in USA Today. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Kim presently lives in Seattle, where she’s lucky to have egrets and seals for neighbors. Kim eats meat, just not as much as she used to. That’s her story, and she’s sticking to it.

The next Meat Lover’s Meatless book will be out in October 2012, with a focus on year-round special occasions.

Specialties: Canning, Organic, Sustainable, Meatless Meals, Vegetarian, Vegan, Recipe Testing, In Person Appearances/Demos, Print/Radio/TV Interviews, Public Speaking, Lectures/Presentations, Teaching, Multimedia








  • USA Today, Family Kitchen
  • The Washington Post
  • Real Simple
  • Huffington Post
  • Culinate.com
  • CivilEats.com
  • True/Slant
  • Smithsonian.com
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
  • USA winner, Best Vegetarian Cuisine Book, Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards 2010
  • Canning Across America, Founder
  • International Association for Culinary Professionals, member
  • James Beard Journalism Awards, committee
  • Johns Hopkins Healthy Mondays Project, volunteer chef instructor