Freelance writer and author Jean Anderson previously served as editor at publications such as The Ladies' Home Journal; Venture, the Traveler's World; Family Circle and Diversion; and as chief cookbook consultant to Reader's Digest Books. She is the author of more than 20 cookbooks, several of which have received Tastemaker, IACP and James Beard awards. She was named Editor of the Year by the James Beard Foundation in 1992 and inducted into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame in 1999. She has written food columns for The Los Angeles Times and Newsday, and her writing has appeared in Bon Appetit, Cottage Living, Family Circle, Food & Wine, More and The New York Times. She is a founding member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and NY Women’s Culinary Alliance.