Joan Schwartz is a graduate of Rutgers University and received an M.A. from the University of Chicago. She has worked as an editor for the University of Chicago Press, Columbia University Press, Macmillan Publishing Company, and The Free Press. She is an avid reader, writer, and cook, and is the coauthor of ten previous cookbooks, including Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill and From My Kitchen to Your Table, Joel Patraker's The Greenmarket Cookbook, and Matthew Kenney's Big City Cooking. Joan and her husband divide their time between Westchester and New York City, and have three grown children.