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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Valerie's Home Cooking Is the Real Thing Mar 20, 2017

I enjoy spending time in the kitchen with Valerie Bertinelli. As she cooks up a casual get-together every week on "Valerie's Home Cooking," her Food Network series, that's exactly what I feel like I am there for as I've watched every episode during t... Read More

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Let Seasoning Blends Beautify Your Meals Mar 13, 2017

I used to think seasoning blends were for amateurs, like the cheat sheets of the spice world. After all, wouldn't gourmets do their own spice selections, measurements and blending? I am glad I did follow that philosophy for years because now that I'v... Read More

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A Tortilla Chip Tasting and Beverage Pairing Might Just Perk Up Your Weekend Mar 03, 2017

The tortilla chip aisle of the supermarket has never been more crowded. Whether it's using my favorite cheddar tortilla chips with flax seeds and quinoa, to a combination including black, green and Kalamata olives, to chili-lime, to roasted jalapeno,... Read More