Carrie Minns is a writer and photographer living in Portland, Oregon with her three kiddos, her husband, and her golden retriever coworkers. Carrie is about as Northwest born and bred as you can get. She spent her early childhood on Whidbey Island in Washington’s Puget Sound and most of her adult life in Portland, Oregon. Her family roots date back six generations in Portland to include an early trailblazer for the women’s movement, a lumber baron who left bits and pieces of his legacy all over the city of Portland, a historian and journalist from back before Oregon was a state, and everyday folks like her living on coffee, surviving wet winters, and trying to raise their kids as best they can.
Carrie cannot recall a time in her life when she wasn’t creating—writing, photographing, cooking, drawing, piano playing—and in late 2009, she started an unassuming food and photography blog, La Pomme de Portland (now known simply as Carrie Minns), featuring stories from her life. This blog led to being featured as a regular guest chef on AM Northwest, Portland, Oregon’s morning show where she prepares seasonal food on live TV. She also spent three years writing and photographing the Home Grown Chef column for 1859 Oregon’s Magazine. A growing photography business, Carrie Minns Photography, developed from all of this and ultimately, everything led to the publication of her book La Pomme de Portland.
Carrie lives with the profound belief that once you strip away the labels and the societal distinctions, we all want the same things from life—to be nourished, to know love, and to feel that our lives matter in some small way. She hopes that when you read her stories and make her recipes you come away feeling just that way about yourself.