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Women Who Inspire: Joyce Pinson

(Photo Credit: Charlie Pinson)

NAME: Joyce Pinson

AGE: 53

OCCUPATION: Master gardener, food blogger at Friends Drift Inn: Recipes, Gardening and Hot Flashes, and a freelance writer

WHO SHE IS: From her red barn in the itty bitty mountain town of Pikeville, Kentucky, Joyce Pinson is determined to teach the rest of us about the cuisine of Appalachia, an area traditionally known for coal mining. Through her blog, videos on public access TV, local newspaper column and heirloom seed and saving, Pinson is doing her darnedest to give ​her little-known, misunderstood neck of the woods its proper culinary due on a national level. With the recent launch of a state-funded “Appalachia Proud” food label initiative, Pinson’s dreams may come true that much sooner.

WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: In the competitive, star-fucking world of food writing, Pinson is a relative nobody — but she doesn’t let that stop her. Pedigrees and celeb connections be damned; Pinson bulldozes her way to the table and demands (politely, ‘natch) a moment of your time so she can tell you a story about her paw paws, the pickled purslane she just put up, or why the ramp is a weed worth saving. She’s moxie incarnate.

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Kim ODonnel

Kim O'Donnel is a twenty-plus year veteran of the food world as a chef, journalist, and teacher. She has dispensed culinary advice and covered food policy for numerous publications including Civil Eats, the Washington Post, and USA Today. Kim is the author of three vegetarian cookbooks, including PNW Veg: 100 Vegetable Recipes Inspired by the Local Bounty of the Pacific Northwest. You can find her on Twitter: @kimodonnel and Instagram: @odonnelk


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