About Donna Pierce

Donna Pierce Bio

Donna Pierce is a Chicago-based, contributing editor for Upscale Magazine and the former Assistant Food Editor and Test Kitchen Director for the Chicago Tribune. She shared the first place award for “Best Newspaper Food Project in 2008 with Bill Daley, having won two first-place awards for her columns in previous years.

The ethnic family recipe expert grew up with deep roots in Mobile, Alabama, where her family lived for five generations before her parents moved to Missouri. Her paternal grandfather, a businessman and friend of Booker T. Washington, owned an insurance company, restaurant and furniture store. Her maternal great-grandfather was a physician. Her maternal grandfather published a newspaper.

Donna spent a decade in San Francisco and Los Angeles before a return to Missouri where she was an adjunct instructor  and Food Editor for the University of Missouri Journalism School.

She has traveled to Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean exploring the roots of African American culinary traditions. She is a former board member of the Southern Foodways Association, a current board member of the Chicago chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a member of the Association of Food Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and the James Beard Foundation.

Donna’s work including video and live presentations have been featured on The Today Show, BET.com, AOL Black Voices, Midwest Living, Boys’ Life, Cornbread Nation, WTTW (PBS) Chicago; National Council of Negro Women; BlogHer Food National Conference; International Association of Culinary Professions and the Printer’s Row Book Fair.

She is the founder of BlackAmericaCooks.com and SkilletDiaries.com for community cooks of all nationalities.


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