Amanda Hesser is a co-founder of food52.com, a cooking site. She has been a food columnist and editor at the New York Times for more than a decade. 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 will be a compilation of recipes from the New York Times going back to the 1850's. Hesser is also a founder of Plodt.com.