Stephanie O'Dea

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Stephanie M. O'Dea
Born1976 (age 47–48)
California, U.S.
Alma materSan Francisco State University
life coach

Stephanie M. O'Dea (born 1976) is an American blogger, best-selling author[1] and food writer, best known for slow cooking and mommy blogging.[2][3][4] She has appeared on Good Morning America,[5] The Rachael Ray Show,[6] KRWM,[7] Real Simple magazine, Woman's World,, and[5] Her podcasts are featured on Spotify.[8] O'Dea is an editor of Simply Gluten Free magazine and the founder of The Gluten Free Search Engine.[9][10]

Early life and career[edit]

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, O'Dea received a bachelor's degree in 1999 in English language and literature from San Francisco State University. She started her career as a director in preschool centers at the Family Service Agency for at-risk children.[11] She held that position until 2003, when she received an opportunity to write a newspaper column called Steph and Sensibility for The Tracy Press.[12]

From 2007, when she was seeking remote work opportunities to focus on her children, until 2010, she worked as a headline editor for and Bay Area Parent magazine.[13][14][15]

In 2008, she started a blog based on her mission to use her slow cooker every day of 2008.[16][5][17][18]

In October 2009, O'Dea published her first book, Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking.[3] The cookbook was listed for six weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list.[2][19]

In 2012, her website, A Year of Slow Cooking, was ranked third on the most influential Food Blog by Cision.[20][3]

In 2010, she was featured in a SharkNinja infomercial as a slow cooking expert.[21]

Personal life[edit]

O'Dea is married to Adam Elliot O'Dea, a structural engineer. They have three children and reside in Millbrae, California.[5]

Further reading[edit]

  • Pudwill, Elizabeth (June 22, 2015). "Slow cooking not just for cool-weather fare". Houston Chronicle.
  • Donne, Tara (January 7, 2014). "Slow Cooker Buttermilk Brined Chicken". Parade.
  • Maher, Lucy (October 9, 2015). "Best of the Season: the best slow cookers to buy this weekend". TODAY.



  1. ^ "Slow-Cooker Tips Every Home Cook Should Know". The Daily Meal. March 12, 2014 – via HuffPost.
  2. ^ a b Sostek, Anya (March 25, 2015). "Author Stephanie O'Dea shows moms how to blog for bucks". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  3. ^ a b c Ehrenfreund, Max (February 6, 2015). "The unfulfilled promise of the Crock-Pot, an unlikely symbol of women's equality". The Dallas Morning News.
  4. ^ Mack, Lori; McNicol, Jonathan; Middleton, Faith (October 19, 2013). "365 Easy Slow Cooker Suppers". Connecticut Public Radio.
  5. ^ a b c d "Stephanie O'Dea's Biography". ABC News.
  6. ^ "Stephanie O'Dea's Slow Cooker Chipotle Pork Soft Tacos". The Rachael Ray Show. June 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "1/16/22: Stephanie O'Dea – The path to slowing down for tranquility, map your course, stay present, take time for self". KRWM. January 16, 2022.
  8. ^ "Slow Living With Stephanie O'Dea". Spotify.
  9. ^ "Stephanie O'Dea". March 7, 2024.
  10. ^ CHRISTENSEN, EMMA (May 24, 2019). "How Stephanie O'Dea Turned Her Crock-Pot Cooking into a Best-Selling Career". Thekitchn.
  11. ^ "Children's waiting room at Superior Court". The Almanac. May 17, 2000.
  12. ^ O'Dea, Stephanie (February 3, 2011). "Episode 3: Mir Kamin of &".
  13. ^ Knight, Matt (August 11, 2013). "Parents worry about provocative clothing aimed at tweens".
  14. ^ Wallace, Kelly (August 10, 2013). "Too hot for tweens: Why some parents dread back-to-school shopping". CNN.
  15. ^ O'Dea, Stephanie (September 24, 2012). "Working From Home With Small Children in the House".
  16. ^ Shimabukuro, Betty (January 5, 2011). "Slow cooking local style". Star Advertiser.
  17. ^ Gray, Melissa (January 9, 2014). "Slow Cook Your Way To The Colonel's Secret Recipe". NPR.
  18. ^ Broyles, Addie (September 28, 2013). "Recipe of the week: Buttermilk Brined Chicken". Austin American-Statesman.
  19. ^ "Paperback Advice & Misc". The New York Times. January 10, 2010.
  20. ^ "Top 50 Food Blogs" (Press release). Cision. July 9, 2012.
  21. ^ O'Dea, Stephanie (September 5, 2012). "Introducing: The Ninja Cooking System".

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