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.

Learn the Delicious Language Mar 05, 2015

"Di Palo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy: 100 Years of Wisdom and Stories from Behind the Counter" by Lou Di Palo with Rachel Wharton (Ballantine, $28). Lou Di Palo doesn't look 100 years old, but he is well versed in a century of tales from ... Read More

Resolutions Worth Repeating Feb 19, 2015

"Why You Can't Lose Weight: Why It's So Hard to Shed Pounds and What You Can Do About It" by Pamela Wartian Smith, M.D., M.P.H. (Square One, $16.95). It's a tad after the New Year. Do you know to where your weight loss resolutions disappeared? Pamela... Read More

Alleviate Allergy Concerns While Becoming a Better Cook Feb 12, 2015

"Cooking Allergy-Free: Simple Inspired Meals for Everyone" by Jenna Short (Taunton, $29.95). The news about dark chocolate recently got a little darker. What could be questioned about the usually acclaimed food touted for its antioxidants and role as... Read More

For Your Casseroles to Rule, Listen to This Royal Team Feb 05, 2015

"The Casserole Queens Make-A-Meal Cookbook: Mix and Match 100 Casseroles, Salads, Sides and Desserts" by Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock (Clarkson Potter, $17.99). Most families are as familiar with "casserole night" as they are with "meat loaf night,... Read More