Kate Payne

Photo courtesy of Jo Ann Santangelo


Kate Payne is an author, freelance writer and educator.

Her writing background includes non-profit grants writing, web content, essays and articles for publications like Edible Austin, Acres USA Mag, Canning Across America and the kitchn websites, and has been interviewed and quoted for numerous others.

She teaches classes on home food preservation and other food-based instruction both privately and at culinary instruction schools and centers like Whole Foods, Central Market, The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts and the Dallas Arboretum. Kate also occasionally leads a 10-week writing workshop in Austin, TX.

Kate Payne

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Krowiak

She honed her creative improvisation and DIY skills while living in Brooklyn, where she wrote her first book, Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking. Kate became an avid home canner, fermenter, and gluten-free baker also while living in NYC. She posts recipes, how-to’s and other home-project tutorials to her blog. Her books Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking (HarperCollins, 2011) and Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen (HarperCollins, 2014) are available wherever books are sold.

She recently launched Salud! Bitters, a Texas-inspired and regionally sourced small-batch bitters line and is currently working on a new partnership to open an herbal apothecary shop in Austin.

She lives in Austin, TX with her wife, documentary photographer Jo Ann Santangelo, and travels regularly to cities across the US and Canada for classes, demonstrations and speaking opportunities.