Jessie Sheehan Head Shot


After abandoning my short-lived and much-despised legal career, I began working at Baked in Red Hook, Brooklyn as a junior baker. While there, I did in-house recipe testing for the first two Baked cookbooks, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking (Abrams Books 2009) and Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented (Abrams Books 2010). After leaving Baked, I began working as a freelance recipe developer and food writer. I did extensive development work on the third Baked cookbook, Baked Elements (Abrams Books 2012) and on the fourth, Baked Occasions (Abrams Books 2014), and have done so on many other cookbooks, including Deb Perleman’s Smitten Kitchen Everyday, and Snoop Dogg’s From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen, among others. I have written two cookbooks, Icebox Cakes  (Chronicle Books 2015) and The Vintage Baker  (Chronicle Books 2018), one of the Washington Post’s Best Cookbooks of 2018 and beloved by Oprah, Nigella and Gail Simmons, and I have contributed recipes, written and/or created videos for Better Homes & Gardens, Rachael Ray Everyday, the Washington Post, Yankee Magazine (October 2020), the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family show, the Food Network Kitchen app, Fine Cooking, Epicurious, Food52, Kitchn, The Feed Feed, TASTE, Yummly, Spruce Eats, Chowhound, and Little Sous, among others.