Vanessa Seder Vanessa Seder is a cookbook author, recipe developer, food stylist, and culinary instructor with nearly two decades of experience in the culinary industry. Vanessa is the author of two award-winning cookbooks, Secret Sauces (Kyle Books, 2017), a modern sauce cookbook, and Eat Cool (Rizzoli Books, 2021), a guidebook and collection of recipes for eating and cooking in hot weather. Eat Cool received the Readable Feast's 2021 Excellence in Aesthetic Achievement Award. Vanessa is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education Culinary Arts Program in New York City (2004) and completed her externship at the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen. 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.