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"A Tar Heel Born and a Tar Heel Bred," I grew up in Raleigh, NC. My mom, a good cook but not a fancy one, welcomed me into her kitchen as soon as I could toddle and taught me to grease pans, sift flour, and -- thrill! -- crack eggs. I soloed on my grandmother's gingerbread at four but preferring improv to rigid directions, baked the batter in muffin pans in a revved up oven so I could eat the gingerbread faster, then ran outdoors to play. Seeing smoke, my parents dashed into the kitchen and doused the oven fire. Banned from the kitchen till I could follow orders, I learned a life lesson that day but never lost my itch to improvise. Or my eagerness to learn.

Chili hot off the stove

Why do cakes sink in the middle? Gravies lump? Soufflés collapse? I got those answers -- plus many more -- studying food chemistry/nutrition at Cornell. Headed into research, I worked as a lab assistant. But not for long. Nearly blowing up a $10,000 Micro-Kjeldahl unit while running protein analyses too fast, I realized that I was too impatient to be a food researcher. So I dropped the courses needed to finish my BS in food research and substituted writing. My faculty adviser was livid -- but I, myself, have no regrets.

Street market, Jaipur, India

Moving on, I earned an MS at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, winning the coveted Pulitzer Traveling Scholarship, which gave me a year abroad. Luckily The Ladies' Home Journal, where I'd landed a job as an assistant food editor (in truth a recipe tester), gave me a year's leave of absence. From my Paris headquarters, I roamed Western Europe digging up articles for LHJ and honing my photographic skills with two bulky Rolleiflexes -- one loaded with b & w film, the other with Ektachrome -- and only 12 shots per roll. Oh to have had a featherweight digital.

Portuguese Eggs Sweets

With my hunger for travel now ravenous, I helped Look launch Venture, a glossy high-end travel magazine. I was constantly on the road and loving every minute, particularly when an assignment introduced me to Portugal, soon to become my home-away-from-home. I now visit so often friends joke that I can't board a plane that doesn't land in Lisbon. It may be so given the countless articles I've written about Portugal not to mention the first American cookbook about this little known cuisine. Published in 1986, my Food of Portugal won the Tastemaker Best Foreign Cookbook Award. And it's still in print.

The New Doublday Cookbook by Jean Anderson

But before Portugal, Doubleday asked me to write a big new basic cookbook that would rival Fannie Farmer and Joy of Cooking. This was too huge a project to tackle alone, so I asked Ladies' Home Journal colleague Elaine Hanna to co-author. We quit our jobs and devoted ten years to researching, writing, and testing more than 5,000 recipes. But our efforts were soon rewarded. The Doubleday Cookbook not only won The Tastemaker Award as Best Basic Cookbook but also took the top honor: Tastemaker Cookbook of the Year. More important, our book has become the go-to book for millions.


Good Morning America
TV Food Network -- Cooking Live with Sara Moulton
Carolina Bookwatch with D.G. Martin
North Carolina People with Bill Friday (multiple appearances)
Fresh Air with Terry Gross
The Splendid Table with Lynne Rosetto Kasper
The Faith Middleton Show (multiple appearances)
The State of Things with Frank Stasio
Wisconsin Central Time with Rob Ferrett and Veronica Rueckert
Martha Stewart Sirius Radio (multiple appearances)
WOR Radio New York:
The Joan Hamburg Show (multiple appearances)
Food Talk with Arthur Schwartz (multiple appearances)
1010 WINS New York Radio
The Patricia McCann Show (multiple appearances)
Streaming Radio, Chapel Hill, NC
Who's Talking with D.G. Martin (multiple appearances)
Rockingham Radio - WLOE/WMYN (Reidsville/Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point Triad)
Celebrate Carolina
with Mike Moore (monthly appearances: 1/2 hour live + early evening re-broadcast
+ 24/7 world-wide streaming:

Frequent Contributor: Bon Appétit, Cottage Living, Diversion, Family Circle, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Ladies' Home Journal,
More, Travel & Leisure, Venture, Epicurious, AOL Online

Monthly Food Column (for two years): Northwest Airlines Inflight Magazine
Occasional Articles: Better Homes & Gardens, Connoisseur, Cook's Magazine, Eating Well, Garden Design, Good Housekeeping,
Rachael Ray Magazine, Saveur, Southern Living, Town & Country, Travel Holiday, Woman's Day

Biweekly Microwave Column (for two years): New York Newsday
Weekly Microwave Column (for two years): Los Angeles Times Syndicate
Free-Lance Food & Travel Articles: The New York Times and NYT Magazine, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal,
Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Atlanta Journal,
New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisville Courier-Journal, Philadelphia Enquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Raleigh News & Observer
and others

The Art of American Indian Cooking (with Yeffe Kimball)
The Doubleday Cookbook (with Elaine Hanna)
Winner, R.T. French Tastemaker Award, Best Basic Cookbook
and R.T. French Cookbook-of-the Year
The New Doubleday Cookbook (with Elaine Hanna)
The Family Circle Cookbook (with the Food Editors of Family Circle)
The Grass Roots Cookbook
Recipes from America's Restored Villages
Half a Can of Tomato Paste & Other Culinary Dilemmas (with Ruth Buchan)
Winner, Seagram/International Association of Cooking Professionals Award (IACP) Best Specialty Cookbook
The Green Thumb Preserving Guide
Jean Anderson's Processor Cooking
Jean Anderson Cooks
Time Magazine Cookbook-of-the-Year
The Food of Portugal
Winner, Seagram/IACP Award, Best Foreign Cookbook
Sin-Free Desserts
The Nutrition Bible (with Barbara Deskins, Ph. D.)
Dinners in a Dish or a Dash
Sin-Free Desserts
Micro Ways (with Elaine Hanna)
The New German Cookbook (with Hedy Wûrz)
Good Morning America Cut-the-Calories Cookbook (co-edited with Sara Moulton)
The American Century Cookbook
Nominee, James Beard and IACP Cookbook Awards
Process This!
Winner, James Beard Cookbook Awards, Tools & Techniques Category
Quick Loaves
A Love Affair with Southern Cooking
Winner, James Beard Cookbook Awards, Best Regional American Cookbook,
SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Cookbook-of-the-Year
and Silver Medal IACP Cookbook Awards

Falling off the Bone
From a Southern Oven
Jean Anderson's Preserving Guide
Mad for Muffins
Crisps, Cobblers, Custards & Creams
BS (with Distinction) Food Chemistry/Nutrition, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
MS (with Honors) Journalism, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY
Photography Classes, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Art & Architecture Classes, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
The Ladies' Home Journal: Ass't Food Editor, Copy Director, Managing Editor
Venture: The Traveler's World (published by Look): Founding Editor; Diversion: Founding Editor; Family Circle: Contributing Editor
Reader's Digest Cookbooks: Chief Consulting Editor; Free-lance cookbook author/editor, food & travel writer/photographer

Les Dames d'Escoffier, Founding Member
The New York Women's Culinary Alliance, Founding Member
New York Culinary Historians, Founding Member
New York Travel Writers Association
The James Beard Foundation
International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP)
Southern Foodways Alliance

Portugal/Portuguese Food & Wine
Regional American Food (particularly Southern)

Pulitzer Traveling Scholarship (top Columbia Journalism School award)
George Hedman Memorial Travel Writing Award
IACP Bert Greene Culinary Travel Writing Award
Two Portuguese Government Awards for The Food of Portugal
and various articles about Portugal
Six Cookbook "Oscars" (Tastemaker, IACP, James Beard)
SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers) Cookbook of the Year
for A Love Affair with Southern Cooking
James Beard Who's Who in American Food & Beverage
James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame

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