Meet The Kitchn Team: Mary Gorman-McAdams

Meet The Kitchn Team: Mary Gorman-McAdams

Faith Durand
Dec 23, 2010

Blogger: Mary Gorman-McAdams
Started at The Kitchn: 2008

Mary is originally from Ireland, but now she is a New York-based wine writer and consultant, and she is by far the most over-qualified member of our team! Having passed all the difficult exams Mary is now writing her dissertation - the last step to achieving the prestigious Master of Wine (MW) title, a rare honor.

Whether she is writing about cheap Trader Joe's wine, or the technical intricacies of the wine-making process, Mary always brings a warmth and intense curiosity to her posts. She also is one of the most generous hosts I have ever had the pleasure to dine with! Read on for more about Mary, and some favorite posts of hers from the past year.


  1. What's your favorite kitchen tool?
    I really have two. One is my mandolin, which my husband bought me for Mother's Day a few years ago. I use it almost daily to slice fennel, radish, kohlrabi or anything I have in the fridge that would be tasty in a salad. Second up is my micro-plane for grating cheese, which is at least a daily activity in our household.

  2. What's your secret indulgence in the kitchen?
    I work from home and like to keep a stash of chocolate in the refrigerator. Specifically 'crunchie' or 'aero' bars because they remind me of growing up in Ireland. So every-time I go to fairways I stock up! Other than that it is butter – I only buy Irish Kerrygold butter.

  3. What's your favorite quote on food, cooking, or eating?
    Well actually I have three, and two on Champagne!

    "In victory we deserve it, in defeat we need it." – Sir Winston Churchill

    "My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne." – John Maynard Keynes

    "In Europe we thought of wine as something as healthy and normal as food and also a great giver of happiness and wellbeing and delight. Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary." – Ernest Hemingway

Winemaking 101: How White Wine Is Made
A Sip and a Cone: 5 Luscious Wine and Ice Cream Pairings
Just Add Water: Trying McGee's Experiments With Wine
River Café Wine Dinner: My Tribute to Rose Gray
Lots of Cheap Wines: At Less Than $10 Per Bottle!

See all of Mary's posts at The Kitchn

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Welcome to The Kitchn's end-of-year roundup! We are rounding up some of our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the last year, including lots of recipes. We are also shaking out our reader mailbag, and giving you a few more great guest posts from our friends.

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