HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Kat Kinsman

Food, Mental Health, and Occasionally Both


  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Ending Mental Health Stigma
  • Overcoming Career Fear
  • Mental Health in the Restaurant Industry
  • Food Culture and Trends
  • Finding Your Voice
  • Women and Fear

Kat Kinsman is Senior Editor at Food & Wine. Previously, she was Senior Food and Drinks Editor at Time Inc.’s all-breakfast site Extra Crispy. She is the former Editor at Large and Editor in Chief of Tasting Table and prior to that, was Managing Editor of CNN’s Eatocracy and former editor and writer for CNN Living. In November 2016, Kinsman’s book, Hi, Anxiety: Life With a Bad Case of Nerves (Dey Street Books) debuted.

In Hi, Anxiety, Kinsman expands on the high profile pieces she wrote for CNN.com about depression, and its wicked cousin, anxiety. Taking us back to her adolescence, when she was diagnosed with depression at fourteen, Kinsman speaks eloquently with pathos and humor about her skin picking, hand flapping, “nervousness” that made her the recipient of many a harsh taunt. Exploring how millions are affected by anxiety, Hi, Anxiety is a clarion call for everyone—but especially women—struggling with this condition. Though she is a strong advocate for seeking medical intervention, Kinsman implores those suffering to come out of the shadows—to talk about their battle openly and honestly. With humor and bravery Hi, Anxiety tackles a difficult subject with amazing grace.

Kinsman won the EPPY Best Food Website in 2011. She has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, HLN TV, and hosted CNN’s Live Google Hangouts on a semi-regular basis. Kinsman is a KCBS Certified Barbecue Judge, proud member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and the vice chair of the James Beard Journalism Committee. She regularly speaks to audiences about food, writing, mental health, and social media.

Currently, she resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise for Hi, Anxiety:

"Kat Kinsman addressed our audience about Mental Illness in the Food Industry- She was informative, sensitive and capture the audiences attention.”

“An insightful look at an often misunderstood disorder that doesn?t have an immediate cure, this book should appeal to anyone who has struggled with anxiety or loves someone who has.”
--Library Journal

“With witty humor and an enduring boldness, Kinsman’s insightful read will have readers cringing at times, like when her nerves keep her from picking up a pair of designer shoes at the repair shop, but never fails to showcase her inner strength all the same.”