Dietetic Career Spotlight: Katie Sullivan Morford, MS, RD
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on FEBRUARY 28, 2013
Have you thought about a career in writing and blogging as a registered dietitian? Meet Katie Sullivan Morford and learn how she gets paid for her words. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I have always been interested in food, cooking, and nutrition. My first job in high school was working at a health/gourmet food store. I majored in English in college and then worked in public relations specializing in food clients. We would occasionally hire dietitians to consult on projects. I immediately thought, “that’s what I want to do.”
Your Job Title?
Food and nutrition writer, recipe developer, consultant
Company you are with now?
I work independently. I suppose my “brand” is Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
I wake up pretty early and often will do a little writing before my three kids wake up. After getting them off to school I usually squeeze in a workout. Then I’m back home where I divide my time between writing, cooking, and taking photographs of food for my blog. I’ve just finished my first cookbook, which involved a lot of time in the kitchen developing and testing recipes. I also devote some of my day to marketing my work and collaborating on writing and recipe projects for outside clients. I usually work until about 3 when my kids are out of school. I spend the afternoon doing the usual: carpools, making dinner, errands, etc. Once the kids are in bed, I often tie up loose ends with work. It’s a busy day, but I love the balance of what I do, some desk time writing and some hands-on time cooking.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
It has evolved over a number of years. My first job was working as a nutrition counselor while freelance writing on the side. I also worked for Marion Cunningham, who wrote the Fanny Farmer cookbook, which is where got my first taste of cookbook writing. Over time I did more and more freelance writing work, eventually being published in a number of national magazines and newspapers. Now most of my writing is for my blog and my cookbook.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I suppose my creativity with cooking and writing comes pretty naturally. I have no shortage of ideas. The technical aspects of publishing a blog and taking food photos are definitely something I’ve had to learn and am still learning. Getting up in front of an audience to give a talk or teach a class is also a bit out of my comfort zone. I’ll be doing appearances when my cookbook comes out next summer, so I’ll have to gear up for that!