Garden Editor and Pick Fresh Cookbook Spokesperson, Mary Beth Burner Shaddix leads the Cooking Light garden, bringing basket-bursting harvests of fruits, vegetables and herbs to the pages of Cooking Light magazine and Pick Fresh Cookbook. After 10 years working in the marketing and research department at Cooking Light, Mary Beth traded in her business suits for rubber boots to get back to her roots-literally. Digging in spade first, she began learning the breadth of gardening at a local retail nursery and eventually working and being certified with Master Gardeners. Little did she know, the manager who curiously eyed her resume at the nursery would soon be her husband. They now grow together at their wholesale nursery and farm, Maple Valley Nursery, near Birmingham, Alabama. She is also the founder/owner of A New Leaf Consulting and manages social media at Bonnie Plants, Inc., a grower specializing in herbs and vegetables.
At 25 years, Cooking Light is the nation's leading epicurean brand with the largest audience, most epicurean editorial and the most recipes. Cooking Light is the only epicurean brand positioned at the intersection of great-tasting food and healthfulness, serving an important and growing consumer need. The brand delivers innovative recipes, nutrition advice, and resources to live a healthful lifestyle via its magazine, website, and portfolio of cookbooks; across all tablets; through the highly-acclaimed Cooking Light Quick and Healthy Menu Maker app; and on social media platforms including, Facebook (Facebook.com/CookingLight), Twitter (@Cooking_Light) and Pinterest (Pinterest.com/CookingLight).