Associate Food Editor, Sunset Magazine, Menlo Park, California, sunset.com
For over 20 years, Elaine Johnson has worked as a staff and freelance food writer, editor, and consultant. She returned to Sunset in 2008 as the Associate food editor, where recent writing and recipe development responsibilities have included pieces on wild salmon, avocados, Portland food carts, the return of home canning, garden to table cooking, and grilling. She also writes frequently about health topics.
Wearing her editing hat, Elaine fine-tunes monthly columns including Fast & Fresh, Healthy Living, In Season, and Dinner with Friends, as well as special newsstand publications such as Sunset Best Recipes 2010. Before beginning her current position, Elaine was on staff at Sunset for many years as a senior food writer.
In between stints at Sunset, Elaine has worked on publications such as Safeway’s Every Season and British House & Garden (when she lived in England), and has developed and tested recipes for Weber’s Charcoal Grilling and Weber’s Way to Grill.
As a mom of twin teenage boys, Elaine understands the needs of busy families. She loves working with kids, and has taught cooking to children from preschool through middle school.
In her free time, Elaine tends her edible and ornamental garden in Palo Alto, California, hikes the hills nearby, and visits her native Portland, Oregon.