In her 20-plus years on and off at Sunset, Elaine Johnson has covered just about everything—from growing and cooking backyard produce to grilling a great steak and making s’mores under the stars. As a writer, she produced January’s cover story on craving greens, the April cover story on garden chicken salads, and the June story on the healthiest ways to grill. As an editor, she fine-tunes recipes for stories such as Mexico’s Moment (March), and the June backyard-entertaining story, as well as monthly columns including Fast & Fresh, Feel-Good Foods, In Season, and Dinner with Friends. Johnson contributed to The Sunset Cookbook and The One-Block Feast, and is part of the team for Sunset’s Outdoor Cookbook, to be published in 2013.
In between time at Sunset, Johnson has worked as a freelance writer, editor, and recipe developer for magazines and cookbooks, contributing to publications such as British House & Garden, Safeway’s Every Season, Weber’s Charcoal Grilling, and Weber’s Way to Grill. She has also worked in catering and at restaurants, and has taught cooking to children of all ages. At home in Palo Alto she enjoys growing her own food and cooking with her husband and twin teenage boys.