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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Cool Kid Snacks for Hot Summer Days Aug 11, 2017

When children learn to prepare their own food it's a step toward life-long independence. A cool trick that's easy on the schedule and the wallet is teaching them how to create cold snacks on hot summer days. Good nutrition easily can be tucked into t... Read More

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Round Out Road Meals with Healthful Touches Jul 24, 2017

Road trips are often a rite of passage in the summer. In fact, crowded highways have already broken records this season, according to national driving associations. That may mean pit stops along the way at one-of-a-kind grub joints. Such detours may ... Read More

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Big Chefs Can Inspire Little Improvements to Your Meals Jul 14, 2017

White House correspondents recently noted how different President Donald Trump's Michelin-starred special menu at legendary chef Alain Ducasse's restaurant in the Eiffel Tower was than the "buckets of chicken, meatloaf and steak with ketchup" he "typ... Read More