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 reported on 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.  She was named a Literary Lion by the King County Library Foundation in 2018.

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. 

I still believe deep in my bones that cooking, which marries the practical with the magical, can be the greatest teacher of all, and that it’s never too late to learn.
— From a 2013 essay Kim wrote on Civil Eats