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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Superfoods Can Supercharge Your Recipes Apr 24, 2017

During the low-fat and low-carb diet trends, the way to make more of your recipes was often to make less. Cutting out ingredients was recommended, as well as trimming portions. Instead of deflating your dishes, though, superfoods can supercharge them... Read More

Any Way You Choose, Ginger is a Good Way to Go Apr 17, 2017

Sometimes, even when you eat "healthy" food, it depends just how healthy you want to get. It also may depend on what products you have available or how much time or money you have to spend. Ginger is a great example. The gold standard is fresh ginger... Read More

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The Power of the Purge Apr 11, 2017

Even though you may be up to your elbows in snow, it may be the perfect time time to do some spring cleaning in your closet. Stuck indoors on a dreary day? Start tackling the deep dark hole that is your closet. "Get rid of those skeletons of seasons ... Read More