About Kate McDermott’s Newsletter


I am a story teller, musician, culinary teacher, and late blooming published author who seems to have a better track record with dogs than wuzbands. I have written three best selling and critically acclaimed cookbooks with personal narrative essays; James Beard Nominated Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Crusts, Fillings and Life (2016), Home Cooking with Kate McDermott (2018), and Pie Camp: The Skills You Need to Make Any Pie You Want (2020). I teach in person and virtual baking workshops, and coach and mentor writers, teachers, and Substack newbies.


I write of thoughts on my walks with my beloved German Shepherd Gretapie (GP for short), rides on Arrow my ebike, my garden, apple orchard and my 12 chickens, books I’m reading, music I’m listening to, recipes to cook and bake, and thoughts about aging gracefully. I try to keep my newsletter issues shortish for a quick break in your day.


I post once a week…and sometimes twice.

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As an elder-crone-wise woman, or whatever you want to call one who has stopped caring about wrinkles and silver hair, I feel it is important to pass on as much as I can about what I have learned.

We are becoming quite a lovely community through this little newsletter and I love when you leave comments for me! So I invite you to join me on this journey because the hokey-pokey just might be what’s it’s all about.


Kate McDermott’s Newletter was selected for the first Substack Grow Program in 2021, and the inaugural Substack Go Intensive in 2022.


  • James Beard Foundation 2017 Nominee Baking and Desserts

  • International Association of Culinary Professionals 2017 Nominee

    • Single Subject

    • Food Photography & Styling

    • Narrative Culinary Blog 

  • Southern Living: The 100 Best Cookbooks of All Time Oct 2017

  • Big Library Read Global eBook Club Read March 2017 

  • Food52's Piglet Community Cookbook Pick

  • Food52 Cookbook Club Inaugural Read February 2017

  • Starred Review by Publisher’s Weekly

  • Library Journal Starred Review and Best Books of 2016

  • Leite’s Culinaria Best Cookbook of 2016

  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution Best Cookbooks of 2016

  • Eat Your Books Best Cookbooks of 2016

  • Washington Post Best Cookbooks of 2016

  • InStyle Best Fall 2016 Cookbooks

  • Epicurious.com Best Cookbooks of 2016

  • Radio Milwaukee Top 10 Cookbooks 2016

  • Sunset Magazine’s November 2016 Cookbook of the Month


  • Alaska Airlines Magazine

  • Atlanta Journal Constitution

  • Austin 360

  • Bake From Scratch

  • Better Homes & Gardens

  • Bon Appétit

  • Book Riot

  • Boston Globe

  • Chicago Tribune

  • Chowhound

  • Cosmopolitan

  • Country Woman

  • Dallas Morning News

  • Delish

  • Eat Your Books

  • Eating Well

  • Edible Seattle

  • Elle Decor

  • Epicurious

  • Food52

  • Food & Wine

  • Hallmark Home and Family

  • Huffington Post


  • KCRW: Good Food

  • Kerrygold Blog

  • King Arthur Baking

  • KING5-TV Evening Magazine

  • Kitchen Chat

  • KQED

  • KUOW

  • Le Creuset Blog

  • Leite's Culinaria

  • Library Journal

  • Los Angeles Times

  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

  • Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • New York Times

  • NPR

  • OPB

  • Oprah.com

  • Oprah Magazine

  • Pacific NW Magazine

  • Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Pittsburgh Post Gazette

  • Powell's Books Blog

  • Publishers Weekly

  • QVC In the Kitchen with David

  • Radio Milwaukee

  • Real Simple

  • Relish Magazine

  • Saveur Magazine

  • Seattle Magazine

  • Seattle Met Magazine

  • Seattle Times

  • Seattle Weekly

  • Serious Eats

  • SimplyRecipes.com

  • Southern Living

  • Spirit Magazine (Southwest Airlines)

  • Sunset Magazine

  • Sur La Table Newsletter

  • Taste of Home

  • The Daily Beast

  • The Epoch Times

  • The Jerusalem Post

  • The Mercury News

  • The Post Courier

  • The Register Guard

  • The Splendid Table

  • The Toledo Blade

  • USA Today

  • Wall Street Journal

  • Washington Post

  • WBUR Here and Now

  • Where Women Cook

  • WNPR Faith Middleton Show

  • WNPR Seasoned

  • Woman's Day Magazine

  • Women’s World


  • WWNO: Louisiana Eats

  • Yakima Herald

  • Zagat

...and many more.

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A potpourri of life in my Pacific Northwest kitchen, garden, and home.


Kate McDermott 

I write about hearth and home, baking and cooking, walks and biking, my garden and chickens, and a simple life in the Pacific Northwest. I'm also a James Beard nominated author, culinary teacher, speaker, and intuitive councilor.