Amanda Hesser is a co-founder of cooking site food52.com. She has been a food columnist and editor at the New York Times for more than a decade, and currently writes Recipe Redux for the Sunday Magazine. Hesser has written two award-winning books -- The Cook and the Gardener and Cooking for Mr. Latte -- and edited the recently published collection of food essays, Eat, Memory. Her next book, The Essential New York Times Cookbook, a compilation of recipes from the New York Times going back to the 1850's, will be out next fall. Hesser is also a founder of Plodt.com.