Growing up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Susan Mahnke Peery was a regular at Bratwurst Day. As the former food editor at Yankee magazine, she wrote 100 installments of the "Great New England Cooks" series. She is the newsletter editor for Digital Hearth; the author of The Wellesley Cookie Exchange Cookbook; and co-author, with her husband Gordon Peery, of Potluck Plain and Fancy. She lives in Nelson, New Hampshire.