Jean Anderson is an American cookbook author.
Anderson has a BS from Cornell University and a MS degree from Columbia University . Anderson is a member of the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame and a charter member of Les Dames dâ€™Escoffier and the New York Womenâ€™s Culinary Alliance. She helped organize the James Beard Journalism Awards and for two years, co-chaired that committee. Though best known for her articles in Bon AppÃ©tit, Food & Wine, Gourmet, More, Travel + Leisure and other magazines, Anderson served as assistant food editor, then managing editor of The Ladiesâ€™ Home Journal, as contributing editor at Family Circle and Diversion magazines, as chief consulting editor for Reader's Digest cookbooks, and as food columnist for New York Newsday and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. An authority on Portugal, its food, wine, and folk art, Anderson has been traveling about that country for 40 years. Her Food of Portugal was named "Best Foreign Cookbook" in the 1986 Tastemaker Awards. Anderson's food, travel, and general features have won various awards, among them, the Pulitzer Traveling Scholarship, the George Hedman Travel Writing Award, and two commendations from the Government of Portugal. Anderson divides her time between New York City and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.