About Kim O'Donnel
Kim O'Donnel is a twenty-year veteran of the food world as a chef, journalist, and teacher. She has dispensed culinary advice and food policy for numerous publications including Civil Eats, the Washington Post, and USA Today. The first Meatless Monday blogger on record, Kim is a known authority on the continuing trend of eating less meat for health and environmental reasons. PNW Veg is her third vegetarian book in seven years; she is also the author of The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook (Da Capo Lifelong 2010) and its follow-up companion, The Meat Lover's Meatless Celebrations (Da Capo Lifelong 2012). Her work has been featured in the anthology Best Food Writing in 2013 and 2014.
Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Kim has lived in Seattle since 2008 with her husband, journalist and head dishwasher Russ Walker. She's got an English degree from University of Pennsylvania and a culinary diploma from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. Kim sits on the Journalism Awards Committee of the James Beard Foundation. In 2017, she joined the staff of the West Seattle YMCA as its first chef-in-residence.