Erin McDowell

About Erin Jeanne McDowell


Erin Jeanne McDowell grew up in Kansas amidst a food-obsessed family. She landed her first (after-school) job in a bakery, and was hooked! After pastry school in New York's Hudson Valley, she combined her love of baking with her desire to share ideas, recipes, and techniques with other bakers. She works in food media — writing, developing recipes, and styling food for photo shoots in the NYC area. She teaches weekly baking classes on Food Network Kitchen and hosts the series Bake it Up a Notch for Food52. Her first book, The Fearless Baker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was released in October 2017, and it was named one of the Best Baking Books of the year by the New York Times. She's also the author of The Book on Pie (a New York Times Bestseller) and is currently working on a book about savory baking.