The MAKERS gallery of videos about groundbreaking women of the past 50 years now features the stories of a writer who found her calling in writing cookbooks for families, and the first female Mexican-American writer whose work was taken on by a mainstream publisher.

Amanda Haas is a cookbook author, recipe tester and founder of One Family One Meal, a website that provides free recipes, menu plans and shopping lists for families.

After a few post-collegiate years working at Williams-Sonoma, Haas found her calling when she attended culinary school. She has since tested and developed more than 400 recipes for dozens of cookbooks, including the IACP Cookbook of the Year recipient A16 Food + Wine. As manager of Williams-Sonoma's test kitchen, Haas has filmed over 50 instructional cooking videos featured on Williams-Sonoma.com. Her first book, "Cooking Light Real Family Food: Simple & Easy Recipes Your Whole Family Will Love," was published Sept 4.

Sandra Cisneros is a Mexican-American novelist, poet and short story writer. Her books include "The House on Mango Street," "Caramelo" and "Woman Hollering Creek." She's the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a Macarthur "Genius" Grant. Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954, the only girl among seven siblings. The family shuttled between Chicago and Mexico City before finally settling in the area of Chicago known as Humbolt Park, a neighborhood that would later provide inspirations for "The House on Mango Street."

Cisneros began writing as a teenager, serving as the editor of her high school's literary magazine. She went on to study English literature at Loyola University in Chicago before earning her Master or Fine Arts at the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop.

In addition to her novels, books of poetry and short stories, Cisneros has also taught writing at nearly every level, from grade school to graduate school. She's also been a visiting writer at several universities including the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As the first female Mexican-American writer to have her work published by a mainstream publisher, Cisneros has seen her books translated worldwide and "The House on Mango Street" remains required reading in middle schools, high schools and universities across the country.

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