Raquel Pelzel Raquel Pelzel has been a freelance food writer and cookbook author since 2002. She's co-written 20 cookbooks and has published four of her own. She's also served as the editor at Cook's Illustrated, senior food editor at Tasting Table, and she's currently editorial director of cookbooks at Clarkson Potter. Raquel holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Columbia College Chicago, and she trained as a baker and pastry chef at Johnson and Wales University. About Better Homes & Gardens Better Homes & Gardens, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is the only iconic home brand with a 100+ year history of providing trustworthy and achievable ideas for all doers and home-enthusiasts. We are the go-to resource for fresh takes on home, food, and gardening—inspiring people to bring their dreams to life at home on special occasions and every day. BHG reaches 45 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial process.