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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Chipping Away at Chips 'n' Dips for Healthier Options Jun 08, 2018

Chips 'n' dips are the backbone of backyard entertaining. If you chip away at the chip 'n' dip legend, though, what you might find are options that, instead of being mere indulgences, could be healthier snacks boasting gourmet flavors. Nothing could ... Read More

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Changing Seasons Should Mean Changing Oatmeal Jun 04, 2018

Piping hot oatmeal is often a hallmark of winter. Hearty add-ins, like milk, maple syrup and dried cranberries, also complement cold weather. Do you shed oatmeal during spring and summer, just as you would your winter wardrobe? Reconsider. The king o... Read More

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Great Grilling May 25, 2018

My favorite warm-weather hostess gifts or any holiday presents are one and the same — small cast-iron BBQ saucepots crafted with platform bases to sit out of the way on the corner of the grill well above flames or heat. They come with a brush t... Read More