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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Add Flavor to Health Studies Jun 23, 2017

It's exciting to read about the latest discoveries that link what we eat to our health. What is even more fortifying is to turn that knowledge into our own culinary masterpieces. For instance, cinnamon has been shown to positively affect blood sugar,... Read More

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Fruitful Ideas for Fresh Syrups Jun 09, 2017

If you're drenching your breakfast foods in fruit syrup, chances are you may be loading up on refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup, losing out on fiber and ingesting a synthetic thickener. A fresh, fast take, though, could become a gourmet way t... Read More

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Seasonal Store Flyers Can Help You Soar May 17, 2017

Is your junk mail pile filled with seasonal store circulars? Before tossing them out perhaps you should circle back over and take a closer look. Recently, I found them to a treasure trove of culinary tips and products to turn my grilling season from ... Read More