If Stephanie Pierson smells like brisket it is because she spent two years writing the definitive ode to brisket: The Brisket Book. A Love Story With Recipes.(published by Andrews McMeel.) When she wasn’t sweating over a hot MacBook, she was sweating over a hot stove, testing Aquavit briskets, Anita Lo’s Brisket Noodle Soup, Aunt Glady’s Brisket, and many others. A regular contributor to the food coverage at TheAtlantic.com, her work has been published in the Huffington Post, the New York Times, Saveur, Metropolitan Home, Eating Well, epicurious, and edible Berkshires. She is the author of a dozen books including Vegetables Rock! and has ghost-written five cookbooks.