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Amanda Hesser

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Amanda Hesser is an American editor, cookbook author, writer, and entrepreneur who co-founded Food52, a popular culinary website. Prior to starting Food52 Hesser was the food editor of The New York Times Magazine, the editor of T Living, and the author of numerous successful cookbooks, including The Essential New York Times Cookbook.

Born in 1971, Hesser attended the London School of Economics and Political Science during a year abroad in 1991 while at Bentley University. In 1994 she started a graduate program in cooking at Ecole de Cuisine Lavarenne. After completing her first book in 1997, she started working at The New York Times as a writer and editor, a role she held for a decade.

In 2008 Hesser left The Times to start Food52. After two rounds of investment, Food52 launched and has since gained recognition as one of the leading culinary websites. Food52 has been awarded numerous accolades, including the James Beard Award for Publication of the Year in 2012 and the IACP Award for Best Website in 2013. Hesser was also featured in Food & Wine’s 40 Under 40 and was listed as one of the most influential women in the food by Gourmet Magazine.

Some of her most well-received cookbooks include The Cook and The Gardener, Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover’s Courtship with Recipes, and several Food52 cookbooks.

Sources used to write this entrepreneur’s profile include the entrepreneur’s personal LinkedIn account, a March 2016 article in Inc. Magazine, and an April 2016 article in New York Magazine.

Companies and Investments

Food52 (Co-Founder and CEO), The New York Times Magazine (Columnist), The New York Times (Writer and Editor)

Lessons Learned

Never give up or take “no” for an answer.

Being an entrepreneur or successful business person requires resilience, hard work, and determination.

Your career may require you to make sacrifices, which is something many have a hard time coming to terms with.

When you first start out, you will likely find that meetings with potential investors will be quite humbling. Don’t let this discourage you.

Don’t overthink the various aspects of your business. Focus on staying true to yourself and maintaining the spirit that got you started.

Inspiring Quotes

Amanda Hesser's Quotes

Founders often say, ‘I spend my days putting out fires.’ They’re just not ones that are quite that big

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We feel like there is value in some level of chaos and free-formness.

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Meetings should really be about solving an issue, and there are other ways to do it.

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Influential Books

Amanda Hesser - Cook and the Gardener by Amanda Hesser (2006-05-01)

- Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover's Courtship, with Recipes by Amanda Hesser (2004-05-17)

- The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks by Amanda Hesser (2011-11-15)