Trustee Marian Burros has won an Alumnae Achievement Award from her alma mater, Wellesley College.

Marian BurrosThe award, says Wellesley, “Recognizes alumnae who have brought honor to themselves and to Wellesley College through their outstanding achievements.”

The Achievement Awards, which have been presented annually since 1970, are the highest honor given to Wellesley alumnae. Burros will be presented the award on October 14, 2016.

Wellesley said of Burros:

“Marian Burros has been a transformative influence in American writing about food, food safety, health, and agriculture, both as a cookbook author and a journalist.

Coming onto the scene when Americans had tired of TV dinners but didn’t always have time to master the art of French cooking, Burros showed a knack for adapting complicated restaurant recipes for home chefs. Her books spoke to the needs of cooks at every skill level. With titles like Elegant But Easy and Cooking for Comfort, they conveyed a message that cuisine didn’t have to be dauntingly complex to be delicious.

And Burros has focused on food on the public agenda as well as the private dinner table. She made her mark early on as an advocate for healthier, more sustainable eating. She was one of the first journalists to interview first lady Michelle Obama about her White House kitchen garden, for instance.

A longtime food reporter and columnist for the New York Times, she was previously the food editor of the Washington Post.

Her many professional honors include Tastemaker awards (sponsored by the R.T. French Company for best American cookbooks of the year) for two of the thirteen cookbooks she’s written, and a National Press Club citation for her New York Times coverage of food safety issues in 1988.”

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