Kate was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the summer of 1967, at the height of the popularity of The Monkees. She has termed herself one child (out of five) born to two highly conflicted “Trailer Park Mensans” (a term that is not quite as clever as Kate believes it to be).
After gaining just enough education to make her realize that it was better to live somewhere else, she packed up her bags, and migrated to Seattle, WA, after stop-overs in Columbus, OH and Washington, DC. Upon discovering that Seattle had a similarly realized fetish for caffeinated beverages, she decided to establish roots.
Along her journey to the state of Cascadia, she had made a living at stand-up comedy, formed an improv troupe, produced a show on public radio, and helped hire members of the TSA. It is only one of these achievements in which she is truly ashamed.
In January of 2004, she created AccidentalHedonist.com, with the intent of collecting and publishing enough notes about food to help her establish some measure of credentials to help write book proposals and, by extension, books. This goal of book writing was a means to an end as well: to help her explore the world. To this end, Accidental Hedonist has been successful. In 2009, St. Martin’s Press released Kate’s book 99 Drams of Whiskey: The Accidental Hedonist’s Quest for the Perfect Shot and the History of the Drink, and in 2012, they will release Sweet Tooth: The Bittersweet History of Candy.
Her work, both on the website, and in her books, have been featured by the likes of The Christian Science Monitor, Playboy, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Travel with Rick Steves, and a plethora of other media outlets.
During this whirlwind of writing and media attention, what Kate is most proud of is her ability to write a personal bio.