Jean Anderson

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Jean won the prestigious Pulitzer Traveling Scholarship when she studied journalism at Columbia University, which allowed her travel abroad for a year.

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Jean Anderson is the author of more than 20 cookbooks, including the best-selling Doubleday Cookbook, Jean Anderson Cooks (named by Time magazine as one of the outstanding cookbooks of the year in 1982), and The Food of Portugal. Other books include A Love Affair with Southern Cooking, One-Dish Dinners, Quick Loaves, and The American Century Cookbook.

She was the woman’s editor for the Raleigh Times in Raleigh, North Carolina, and over the years also worked as an editor for The  Ladies’ Home Journal, Venture, The Traveler’s World, Family Circle, and Diversion. She served as chief cookbook consultant for Reader’s Digest Books and helped create five best-sellers.

Jean has been twice honored by the Portuguese government for articles on that country, and she has won the George Hedman Memorial Travel Writing Award. She is the winner of six cookbook “Oscars” (Tastemaker, IACP, James Beard), including Cookbook of the Year for The Doubleday Cookbook, Best Foreign Cookbook for The Food of Portugal, Best Tools & Techniques Cookbook for Process This!, and most recently, Best Americana Cookbook (2008) for A Love Affair with Southern Cooking, which SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) named its “Cookbook of the Year.” In addition she was a nominee in the 1990, 1991 and 1998 for James Beard and Julia Child Cookbook Awards.  In 1992, Jean was named Editor of the Year by the James Beard Foundation and in 1994 she was inducted into the James Beard Who’s Who in Food & Beverage in America. In 1999 she was inducted into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame.

A busy freelancer in the fields of food and travel, Jean writes for national magazines, including Bon Appétit, Cottage Living, Family Circle, Food & Wine, Gourmet, and More. She has written weekly food columns for The Los Angeles Times Syndicate and biweekly food columns for New York Newsday, and contributes occasional food articles to The New York Times. She is a founding member of both Les Dames d’Escoffier and the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, and is also an active member of the New York Culinary Historians, the New York Travel Writers Association, IACP (International Association of Cooking Professionals), and Southern Foodways. 

 After many years in New York City, Jean now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is presently at work on a big new cookbook. Her very recently updated and improved website is


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