Kate McDermott Kate McDermott is a writer, recipe developer, and best-selling author of four cookbooks, including "Art of the Pie" and "Pie Camp." Often called the "Pie Whisperer," Kate is one of the most sought-after experts when it comes to baking pies year-round. Her expertise and skill have been featured in global and national publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, The New York Times, Oprah, Seattle Magazine, and the Los Angeles Tribune, among others. She has also collaborated with brands like Le Creuset and Sur La Table. Through online workshops, Kate teaches the fine craft of artisan pie. This has been the result of a long journey experimenting with different kinds of doughs and techniques from her very own kitchen. She has taught over 4,000 people to make homemade pie across the country and in Europe. Kate is a James Beard Award finalist. She attended Santa Barbara City College, obtaining a degree in Music, and studied Voice in the Manhattan School of Music. She also enrolled in Santa Clara University for Humanities and Music. About Better Homes & Gardens Better Homes & Gardens, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is the only iconic home brand with a 100+ year history of providing trustworthy and achievable ideas for all doers and home-enthusiasts. We are the go-to resource for fresh takes on home, food, and gardening—inspiring people to bring their dreams to life at home on special occasions and every day. BHG reaches 45 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial process.