Jennifer Steinhauer is a political journalist, novelist and cookbook author. Steinhauer, who started at The New York Times as a news clerk while still a journalism student, has covered health care, business, veterans affairs, and Congress and has served as City Hall bureau chief and Los Angeles bureau chief. One of the earliest writers for Food52, Steinhauer has written about food for years. Her first cookbook, Treat Yourself, was a guide on how to make your own junk food. She then partnered with fellow New York Times journalist Frank Bruni to extol the power and diversity of the lowly meat loaf in A Meat Loaf in Every Oven.