food editor, New York Times Magazine
Amanda Hesser is the former editor of *T Living* and the former food editor at *The New York Times Magazine*. She joined *The New York Times* as a "Dining In/Dining Out" reporter in July 1997 and has covered topics from manzanilla sherry in Spain to the cranberry industry to the use of salt as a seasoning in desserts. In 2001 she wrote "Food Diary," a column in *The New York Times Magazine*. Amanda is the author of *Cooking For Mr. Latte: A Food Lover's Courtship, with Recipes* and *The Cook and the Gardener*. Both books won the Literary Food Writing award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Amanda lives in Brooklyn Heights with her husband, Tad Friend.