Donna Battle Pierce is a culinary historian, journalist, editor and test kitchen director who leads workshops sharing tips and techniques for passing down family recipes as a delicious way to keep family memories alive. She is a member of the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ); The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ); The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP); The James Beard Foundation, Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) and Les Dames d’Escoffier.
During a 2015 Nieman Foundation Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University, Donna Pierce researched Black cookbook archives and forgotten cooks at the Schlesinger Library for her upcoming book. She is a former Test Kitchen Director and Assistant Food Editor for the Chicago Tribune, a former Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Contributing Editor for Upscale Magazine. Pierce’s syndicated column “Black America Cooks” has appeared in the Chicago Defender and other national Black publications. Ebony Magazine publishes her “Hungry for History” column highlighting Black food culture and history.