Jean Anderson (Raleigh, North Carolina) is an American cookbook author.
Anderson has a BS (Food and Nutrition) from Cornell University and a MS (Journalism) degree from Columbia University . Anderson is a member of the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame and a charter member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and the New York Women’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 Appétit, Food & Wine, Gourmet, More, Travel + Leisure and other magazines, Anderson served as assistant food editor, then managing editor of The Ladies’ 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.
- The Doubleday Cookbook (with Elaine Hanna). Doubleday: 1975. R.T. French Tastemaker Cookbook-of- the-Year as well as Best Basic Cookbook
- Half a Can of Tomato Paste & Other Culinary Dilemmas (with Ruth Buchan). Harper & Row, 1980. Seagram/International Association of Culinary Professionals Award, Best Specialty Cookbook of the Year.
- The New Doubleday Cookbook (with Elaine Hanna). Doubleday: 1985.
- The Food of Portugal. William Morrow: 1986. Seagram/International Association of Culinary Professionals Award, Best Foreign Cookbook of the Year
- The New German Cookbook (with Hedy Würz). HarperCollins: 1993
- The American Century Cookbook. Clarkson Potter: 1997
- The Good Morning America Cut the Calories Cookbook (co-edited with Sara Moulton). Hyperion: 2000
- Dinners in a Dish or a Dash. William Morrow: 2000
- Process This! New Recipes for the New Generation of Food Processors. William Morrow: 2003. James Beard Best Cookbook, Tools & Techniques Category
- Quick Loaves. William Morrow: 2005
- A Love Affair with Southern Cooking: Recipes and Recollections. Foreword by Sara Moulton. William Morrow: 2007