Edible Radio host and publisher of Edible Santa Fe, Kate Manchester, talks to Amanda Hesser, a food columnist for the New York Times, founder of www.food52.com and author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook.
After graduating with a degree in economics and finance from Bentley College in 1993, she studied cooking in Europe. With a grant from Les Dames d’Escoffier, she worked in bakeries and restaurants in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France.
After finishing her first book, in 97, Amanda Hesser was hired as a food reporter, and later became the food editor for The New York Times. At 36 years old, Amanda surprised the food world when she took a buyout from the Times in order to start her own internet venture – www.food52.com.
Today – Amanda has just finished the NY Times Cookbook, she excavated more than a century’s worth of recipes from the newspaper’s archives for an account of the evolution of American cooking, it’s enormous – 900 pages, and brilliantly written. Her Food52.com project is the perfect synergy of blogging and community – a coup that her naysayers simply didn’t have the capacity to imagine. The lesson here folks – is never underestimate a woman with a sharp mind, a sharp knife and a degree in economics and finance!
Listen to the Amanda Hesser interview on Edible Radio.