Melissa Clark Melissa Clark is a James Beard Award-winning food writer, cookbook author, and New York Times columnist with over two decades in the culinary media. Highlights: *In 2007, she began her weekly ""A Good Appetite"" column at The New York Times. She started as a full-time staff writer there in 2012. She appears in a weekly cooking series for the New York Times *Has written over three dozen cookbooks *Latest cookbook Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-Pan Meals: A Cookbook comes out in September 2022 About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.