Nancie McDermott is a food writer and cooking teacher, and the author of fourteen cookbooks. Her passion is researching and celebrating traditional food in its cultural context, and her beloved subjects are two seemingly different places with much in common: the cuisines of Asia and of the American South. Nancie gained her Southern kitchen wisdom as a Piedmont North Carolina native, and her Asian culinary research commenced soon after college, when she was sent to northeastern Thailand as a Peace Corps volunteer.
A contributing editor for Saveur and Edible Piedmont, Nancie earned a James Beard Foundation award nomination for her Southern Living cover story in 2018, and has written on food and travel for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Fine Cooking, Cooks Illustrated, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Family Fun, Food Arts, and the Los Angeles Times. Her national television credits include playing the role of Cake Historian on Alton Brown’s Peabody Award-winning Food Network program, “Good Eats”; leading a Thai market tour in Los Angeles for Discovery Channel’s “Epicurious” and cooking Thai food in the Dream Kitchen on Better Homes and Gardens’ BHG-TV.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she belongs to the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Les Dames d’Escoffier International; Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. and the Southern Foodways Alliance. Nancie lives with her family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.