Beth Hensperger's career as a prolific food writer and educator began when she was chosen as the guest cooking instructor for the March 1985 issue of Bon Apptit. She has gone on to author more than twenty cookbooks, including the best - selling '' Not Your Mother's'' series. She is also the author of The Bread Bible, winner of a James Beard Book Award, and has been nominated twice for an IACP Cookbook Award. Hensperger writes a food column, '' Baking with the Seasons,'' for the San Jose Mercury News (which was nominated for a James Beard Award in newspaper journalism). She is a contributor to dozens of national and online cooking and lifestyle magazines, such as Food and Wine, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Prevention, Veggie Life, Working Woman, Family Circle, and Cooking.com, as well as being a sought - after radio interviewee speaking on cooking, baking, and entertaining. An East Coast transplant who now considers herself a true Californian, Hensperger lives in the San Francisco Bay area.