Katherine Deumling


Katherine Deumling is the chef behind the website http://www.cookwithwhatyouhave.com

Katherine loves farms and the farmers who work so hard to bring beautiful, nutritious and delicious food to our tables. She believes that good, fresh, whole food should be a right not a privilege, and that you shouldn't need fancy tools or ingredients to nourish yourself and your loved ones everyday. She has a good sense of what foods work together and how to feed hungry mouths with the least stress and greatest satisfaction.

Katherine grew up in Germany and studied food and culture in Italy and Mexico (on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship). She is an emeritus board member of Slow Food USA and was the leader of Slow Food Portland from 2003 to 2008. She is an avid gardener, cook and food activist. She lives in Portland Oregon with her husband and 10-year old son. 

Katherine loves to teach cooking classes using winter squash and to show people strategies for breaking down a squash that are not scary and intimidating. Her favorite thing to do is take people outside to throw a big one on the sidewalk and watch their reactions (priceless!) as it cracks open - and it works like a charm too!

Alexandra Stone