About Lisa Messinger

Lisa Messinger

Lisa Messinger

Lisa Messinger has written the Cooks' Books column since 1994. She has won first place nationally in food writing from the Association of Food Journalists. She is the author of four books: the best-selling "The Tofu Book: The New American Cuisine" (Avery/Penguin Putnam), "Why Should I Eat Better: Simple Answers to All Your Nutritional Questions" (Avery/Penguin Putnam), "Turn Your Supermarket Into a Health Food Store: The Brand Name Guide to Shopping for a Better Diet" (Pharos/Scripps Howard) and "Biting the Hand That Feeds Me: Days of Binging, Purging and Recovery" (Arena Press).

She is a founding managing editor of a line of dining books published by Gayot (Gault Millau)/America Online and was food editor at prominent daily newspapers for 12 years. One of the country's busiest food writers, Lisa has traveled extensively and written about many of the world's top chefs.

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Valentine's Week Offers More Romance than a Single Night Feb 09, 2018

If intimacy is at the heart of any romantic Valentine's dinner, how is that achieved inside jam-packed restaurants? Everything from the parking spaces in the lot, to the barstools for a toast before the meal, to a window seat with a view may come dow... Read More

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Consider Upping Condiments to Star Status Jan 26, 2018

"On the side" is a phrase custom-made for condiments. However, the bold flavors and quality ingredients in many such store-bought products mean they should star in meals rather than take supporting roles. Since ingredient prep isn't a factor, they pr... Read More

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New Year Horoscope? Even Happier Birthday Parties Jan 19, 2018

A new year means a calendar full of birthday celebrations. Birthstones have lots to do with birthdays, but not often with the celebrations themselves. A fun and tasty way to change that is by throwing a birthstone-themed party. The good news, of cour... Read More