Jeanette is the author of eight books and contributor to five other books.   Most recently, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wine and Food Pairing was published by Alpha Books in June 2010.  Her book, The Cheeses of California: A Culinary Travel Guide, received first place in the 2010 Mark Twain Travel Writing Awards Competition, as best travel book of the year. Judges called her book “Well-done. It does for cheese what Napa has done for wine, posing the idea of a cheese trail as vacation and making it appealing with human interest stories about the small cheesemakers and dairy farms that make up California’s gourmet cheese industry. With photos, recipes and details about what to do and where to stay, it’s a cheese lover/traveler’s primer. Very well done. Nice writing, storytelling, organization and presentation.”

Her book, The Cheeses of Wisconsin: A Culinary Travel Guide, received second place in the 2009 Mark Twain Travel Writing Awards Competition.  She is also the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Cheeses of the World, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Tapas.   She is also a contributing writer to 1001 Foods You Should Try Before You Die and the upcoming, My Dog’s Life: Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Jeanette specializes in food, wine and travel writing.  She also writes about design, pets and parenting issues, but she can never resist telling a good story, no matter what the subject matter.  Her work can be seen in: Wine Enthusiast,,United Airlines’Hemispheres, and dozens of other magazines.

Jeanette is the cheese contributor for the “Good Fermentations” segment of Lake Effect on 89.7 FM WUWM (Milwaukee NPR station).  For her Lake Effect contributor profile, click here

Jeanette also teaches culinary and wine classes, and she has been a featured speaker at the Kohler Food & Wine Experience, Wine and Dine Wisconsin, Wisconsin Cheese Festival, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and Sonoma Cheese Conference.

She has more than 17 years of professional writing and editing experience.  Prior to 2002 when she began her freelance career she worked as a reporter for the City News Bureau in Chicago, the Milwaukee Sentinel and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.