J.L. Cook is a nationally known rural columnist. A long-time editor and writer at Countryside magazine and author of the popular garden column, "The Scarecrow Chronicles" featured in the Country Today for several years, she has a proven rapport with the folks in "flyover country," because she's one of them. Her work is featured in the 2011 college textbook Acting on Words: An Integrated Rhetoric, Reader, and Handbook, by David Brundage and Michael Lahey. She lives on a farm in Wisconsin with three generations of her family and her neurotic dog. The author is a Master Gardener, Master Compost Instructor, and Master Food Preserver. She holds a B.S. in Communication from Kaplan University and a Juris Doctor from Concord Law School.