Stephanie O'Dea

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Stephanie O'Dea is an American blogger, New York Times best-selling author[1] and food writer, best known for slow cooking and mommy blogging.[clarification needed][2][3][4] She is mostly seen on Good Morning America[5] and The Rachael Ray Show.[6][7]

Early life and career[edit]

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, O'Dea graduated in 1999 in English literature from San Francisco State University. Soon afterwards, she married Adam O’Dea, a structural engineer; they have three children.[7] She started her career as a director in preschool centers at the Family Service Agency, for at-risk children.[8] She held that position up until 2003, before getting an opportunity to write a newspaper column called Steph and Sensibility for The Tracy Press.[9]

In 2007, she was seeking work from home opportunities to focus on her children and started working remotely as a headline editor for and Bay Area Parent magazine.[10][11] While editing blog posts for these companies, she started her own blog on slow cooking recipes.[12] She founded and continues to operate the blog, formerly[13][14][15] She continued to work for Bay Area Parent magazine and as a headline editor for until 2010, before focusing completely on her websites and writing.[16]

O'Dea saw success with the launch of her first book Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking in October, 2009.[3] The cookbook was listed for six weeks on The New York Times best-seller list.[2][17] In 2012, her website, A Year of Slow Cooking, landed the number three spot on the most influential Food Blog by Cision.[18][19] She has been featured in Real Simple magazine, Woman's World,, and[13] O'Dea is an editor of Simply Gluten Free magazine and the founder of The Gluten Free Search Engine.[20][21] In 2010, she was featured in the Ninja Cooking System infomercial as a slow cooking expert.[22]


  • 2009. Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking. Hachette U. p. 48. ISBN 1401394825.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  • Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life. Berkley Books. 2011. p. 171. ISBN 0425241629.
  • More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: 200 Brand-New, Budget-Friendly, Slow-Cooker Recipes. Hachette UK. 2010. p. 320. ISBN 1401396488.
  • 365 Slow Cooker Suppers. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2013. p. 336. ISBN 1118230817.[23][24]
  • Real Moms Making Real Money Blogging At Home In Their Pajamas (The Mommy Blogger Next Door). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. p. 112. ISBN 1505696526.
  • Going Gluten Free Without Going Crazy: Surviving and Thriving Gluten-Free. p. 38. ASIN B00XKLD0PI.
  • Five Ingredients or Less Slow Cooker Cookbook. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2015. ISBN 0544284224.[25]


  1. ^ "Slow-Cooker Tips Every Home Cook Should Know". Huffington Post. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b Anya Sostek (25 March 2015). "Author Stephanie O'Dea shows moms how to blog for bucks". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b Max Ehrenfreund (23 January 2015). "The unfulfilled promise of the Crock-Pot, an unlikely symbol of women's equality". The Washington Post. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  4. ^ FAITH MIDDLETON, LORI MACK & JONATHAN MCNICOL (19 October 2013). "365 Easy Slow Cooker Suppers". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Stephanie O'Dea's Slow Cooked Chile Verde". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Stephanie O'Dea's Slow Cooker Chipotle Pork Soft Tacos". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Stephanie O'Dea". Cookstr. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Children's waiting room at Superior Court". The Almanac. 17 May 2000. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Episode 3: Mir Kamin of &". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  10. ^ kwgn (11 August 2013). "Parents worry about provocative clothing aimed at tweens". CNN. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  11. ^ Kelly Wallace (10 August 2013). "Too hot for tweens: Why some parents dread back-to-school shopping". Abc15. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  12. ^ Betty Shimabukuro (5 January 2011). "Slow cooking local style". Star Advertiser. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Stephanie O'Dea's Biography". ABC News. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  14. ^ Melissa Gray (9 January 2014). "Slow Cook Your Way To The Colonel's Secret Recipe". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  15. ^ Addie Broyles (28 September 2013). "Recipe of the week: Buttermilk Brined Chicken". Statesman. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Working From Home With Small Children in the House". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  17. ^ "About the Best Sellers". NY Times. 10 January 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Top 50 Food Blogs". Cision. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  19. ^ Max Ehrenfreund (6 February 2015). "The unfulfilled promise of the Crock-Pot, an unlikely symbol of women's equality". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  20. ^ "Stephanie o'Dea". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  21. ^ "How Stephanie O'Dea Turned Her Crock-Pot Cooking into a Best-Selling Career". Thekitchn. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  22. ^ "Introducing: The Ninja Cooking System". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  23. ^ Elizabeth Pudwill (22 June 2015). "Slow cooking not just for cool-weather fare". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  24. ^ Tara Donne (7 January 2014). "Slow Cooker Buttermilk Brined Chicken". Parade. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  25. ^ Lucy Maher (9 October 2015). "Best of the Season: the best slow cookers to buy this weekend". Retrieved 12 October 2015.

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