Abby Penning

Abby Penning is an experienced writer and editor who, for the past several years, has focused her efforts on developing business content for beauty trade magazines, including spa treatments and products, the scientific development of flavors and fragrances, and marketing and branding strategies for beauty brands. She also has written and edited travel guides, personal profiles and a multitude of online news. She won a FOLIO: writing award for an article on makeup applications for an older generation, and, while based just outside Chicago, she is always curious to travel and experience new adventures, especially in food and beauty.

Amy Palanjian

Amy is a writer, editor, crafter, and cook who lives in small town Iowa with her husband and toddler. She writes about cooking with and for kids at Yummy Toddler Food, spending time outside, and supporting local farmers.

Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman is a San Francisco–based writer, recipe developer and publisher of the food blog Cooking with Amy. She is the author of Williams-Sonoma New Flavors for Appetizers. and WinePassport: Portugal and is currently working on her next cookbook focused on meals that can be made in a mug, in a microwave.

Ana Cabrera-Moses

Ana is a social marketing professional whose passion for delicious food and good cooking began as a young girl. A Filipino-American, food has always been the highlight of every gathering and celebration serving as a means of familial and cultural expression across generations. She takes pride in doing things the old-fashioned way forgoing freeze-dried and pre-made travesties for tasty freshly made masterpieces. Her favorite dishes are as eclectic as her tastes: foie gras, a good burger, and dim sum. Ana is currently newly married and the mother of three voracious, food loving daughters (including one vegan). She is a California girl currently living in Happy Valley, UT. Connect with Ana at her blog

Ann Hodgman

Ann is the author of 4 cookbooks, 45 children's books, and several humor books. Her magazine work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York times, Gourmet, and many women's and parenting magazines. She lives in Connecticut.

Becky Mollenkamp

Before she turns 40 in 2015, Becky is tackling 40 bucket-list items, including learning to cook. When she's not in the kitchen, Becky is a freelance writer who is also studying to become a personal trainer. She loves running outdoors, watching football, and drinking ice-cold beer.


Cathy's food philosophy is simply 'everything in moderation'. She's worked in restaurants, owned an online bakery, has a bordering-on-problematic cookbook obsession and is the writer, photographer and recipe developer for the blog She lives in New Jersey with her well-fed family; her husband and two sons.

Diana Yen

Diana Yen is the founder of The Jewels of New York, a creative studio that combines a love of cooking with the beauty of everyday things. Her work is expressed through, food styling, writing and photography.

Emily Parkinson

Emily has an infectious enthusiasm for life. She is passionate about cooking, eating, travel, design, and community, and pursues these interests actively. Co-founder of the Brooklyn-based supper club, catering company, and blog Wildling Kitchen, Emily spends much of her time devising creative tasting menus, biking to local farmers markets for ingredients, and experimenting with new recipes. For an opportunity to sit down at her dining room table for her monthly supper club or are interested in a private catered event checkout Wildling Kitchen here!

Julie Grice

Julie Grice is a freelance food writer living in upstate New York. She focuses on food storage, canning and recipes that use preserves. When she's not in the kitchen, she can be found cycling, reading outdoors, or working in her organic vegetable garden. You can find her work on her blog, Savvy Eats, and follow her daily musings on Twitter or Instagram.

Kate Silver

Kate Silver is an award-winning freelance writer and editor with more than a decade of journalism experience. Based in Chicago, she specializes in features, health, food and travel stories for print publications and websites. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Men's Health, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Southwest Airline's Spirit Magazine and many other outlets.

Kelly Carámbula

Kelly is the founder of Remedy Quarterly, a magazine filled with stories of food and the recipes that inspired them. She shares more recipes for tasty drinks and bites at and her daily adventures in San Francisco and beyond can be found on instagram @kellycarambula.

Kristina Vanni

Welcome, Better Recipes Readers! Being the host of your community is a dream-come-true for me. I have loved Better Homes & Gardens since the age of seven, when my family and I appeared in their cookbook, "Recipes from Prizewinning Cooks." By the time I was twelve, I had competed in the Pillsbury Bake-Off, the 3rd generation in my family to do so. With this passion for food and cooking, I continued to enter and win more contests over the years and found my calling, which is to learn and explore everything in the culinary world. Today, you can find me hosting television shows, exploring food festivals, cooking with celebrity chefs, and traveling the globe from the Arctic Circle to the land "Down Under," in search of the next food trend. I want to continue on this journey with you! Let's talk about recipes, tips, food travels, and your special dish that everyone raves about at parties. I look forward to our adventures together. Let's get cooking!!!

Lauren Jagnow

Lauren is a full-time mom of two and a part-time writer and editor. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia Journalism school, and has worked in magazines and entertainment. In her free time, Lauren enjoys cooking, watching movies and tricking three-year-olds into eating vegetables. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

Maureen Callahan

Award-winning freelance journalist Maureen Callahan routinely pens food and nutrition features, recipes, and reports about scientific research for popular magazines, cookbooks, and websites including PBS’s Next Avenue, Cooking Light, Women's Health and A two time winner of the prestigious James Beard Award, Callahan did her culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She is also a registered dietitian and holds a masters of science degree in nutrition communications from Boston University.

Max Plenke

Though Max Plenke grew up in the Midwest, his appreciation for cocktails comes from copious field research as a resident of Las Vegas. And while his cooking forte lies in breakfast foods, he's been fortunate enough to eat the gamut of offerings from the Strip's culinary best and brightest. He's also a touring musician, fair-weather cyclist, and aspiring dinner-food chef.

Megan Gordon

Megan Gordon is a food writer, culinary educator, founder of Seattle-based Marge Granola, and author of Whole-Grain Mornings. You can find her over on her blog A Sweet Spoonful as well as on The Kitchn and in numerous other national print and web-based publications.

Megan Myers

Megan Myers is a freelance food writer, editor, photographer, and hobbyist gardener living in Central Texas. The year-round growing season inspires her to create simple yet flavorful meals that celebrate fresh flavors for her family. Follow her adventures on her blog, Stetted.

Samantha Shelton

Samantha is a writer, editor and social media addict living, eating and sweating her way through NYC. When she's not writing, you can find her running the streets of Astoria, Instagramming the best restaurants and fitness studios, or in the kitchen with her boyfriend, convincing him that healthy doesn't equal boring. Follow her fitness and foodie adventures on Instagram and Twitter at @fitnesssamantha.

Sarah Crowder

Sarah's love of food led her down what she calls "the culinary rabbit hole," leaving her management job to first apprentice on an organic vegetable farm and then to write about and photograph food professionally. Her agricultural background drives her passion for seasonal, vegetable-centric cuisine, but she will always have a penchant for pastry and chocolate. Sarah is mom to a toddler, with another little one on the way!

The Editors

We're busy cooks on a budget, just like you. We want to give you everything you need to put delicious, quick, inexpensive meals on the table, and have fun doing it.

Virginia Sole-Smith

Virginia has graduated from beauty school, embedded as a Mary Kay lady, and gone swimming in a mermaid tail, all in the name of a good story. Her work has appeared in more than 40 national magazines and newspapers including the New York Times Magazine, Elle, and Parents. Online, she has enjoyed stints as a contributing blogger for AOL, iVillage Health, and Planet Green. She has also co-written several eco-lifestyle and healthy living books. Virginia lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her husband, daughter, and three fat cats. She loves pasta, wine, and believes that everything is more delicious with a fried egg on top.

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