Janet A. Zimmerman

  •  Award-winning food writer
  • Author of four cookbooks, including the best-selling "Instant Pot Obsession"
  • More than 20 years in teaching culinary classes


Janet A. Zimmerman is a former writer for The Spruce, contributing articles and recipes for two years. She has more than 20 years of experience teaching culinary classes and writing about food. Her culinary class subjects range from cocktail parties to candy, but she and her partner specialize in cooking for one or two, with Date Night classes being among their most popular.

Janet is a senior manager and board member for The Society of Culinary Arts and Letters, a non-profit organization dedicated to culinary education.


Janet A. Zimmerman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University.

Awards and Publications

Janet has written for Martha Stewart Living, NPR's Kitchen Window and The Daily Gullet (the online literary magazine of the Society for Culinary Arts & Letters).

Two of her pieces have appeared in the annual anthology "Best Food Writing," one in 2008 and one in 2010. In 2010, her article on the evolution of lime cordial, "Any Other Name," won the Bert Greene Journalism Award for "Culinary Writing about Beer, Wine and/or Spirits" from the International Association of Culinary Professionals.


Expertise: Home Cooking, Date Night Cooking
Title: Freelance Recipe Developer + Culinary Instructor

About The Spruce

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