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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Maple Syrup Makes for a Happy Autumn Oct 06, 2017

We're often asked to name our favorite food. I think that question is much tastier when answered seasonally. What, for instance, do you fall for most during fall. My top tempter continues to be maple syrup. Whether you tap it from your own tree or pi... Read More

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Mock Nachos May Fill You Up, Not Out Sep 29, 2017

Mock crab has plenty of takers who want to save money, but what if saving calories is your goal? Perhaps you could create your own mock-ups of favorite foods. I've done it with nachos, and such action can expand your culinary skills without expanding... Read More

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Apple Pies Are Ripe for Every Season Sep 15, 2017

Apple pie is so synonymous with autumn that many of us automatically eat it and get burned out well before winter. Eagerness for apples is the part of the timeline we're on now. One way to both stretch and satisfy that feeling is with innovative pies... Read More