John Willoughby is the executive editor of Gourmet and the coauthor, with Chris Schlesinger, of nine cookbooks, including the recently published Grill It! and the groundbreaking Thrill of the Grill. Before he came to Gourmet, in 2001, he was for seven years the executive editor of Cook’s Illustrated and the coauthor of a monthly column in The New York Times Dining Section, as well as the instructor in courses on food writing at the Radcliffe Institute and Boston University. He has lectured widely, both nationally and internationally, on issues of food, culture, and society. Willoughby currently appears on the PBS television show Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie and has appeared on NBC-TV Today Show, CBS-TV The Early Show, and American Public Media’s national radio show The Splendid Table.