Duncan Anderson is a neurologist at the Hammersmith Hospital as well as a freelance writer.
Dr Maya Angelou was one of the world's most important writers and activists. Born 4 April 1928, she lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned author, poet, playwright, civil rights' activist - working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King - and memoirist. She wrote and performed a poem, 'On the Pulse of Morning', for President Clinton on his inauguration; she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and was honoured by more than seventy universities throughout the world.She first thrilled the world with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). This was followed by six volumes of autobiography, the seventh and final volume, Mom & Me & Mom, published in 2013. She wrote three collections of essays; many volumes of poetry, including His Day is Done, a tribute to Nelson Mandela; and two cookbooks. She had a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University of North Carolina. Dr Angelou died on 28 May 2014.
Jan Arkless is a qualified teacher of Home Economics who taught in Secondary and Special schools. Jan began writing as a career and pastime which could be indulged in whenever time was available. Jan soon decided that she preferred writing to teaching, and has since written several successful Right Way titles on cookery and weddings.Jan lives in Oxford, England, with her husband, Bill, and has four grown up children.
Catherine Atkinson has a degree in Food and Nutrition BSc (Hons). She has been Deputy Cookery Editor on Woman's Weekly magazine and later Cookery Editor of Home. Catherine is now a full-time writer and food consultant to various lifestyle and health magazines and has written more than sixty cookbooks. She specialises in healthy eating and her recent published books include 'Coconut water and coconut oil', 'Nut milks and nut butters' and 'Power blends and smoothies'
Dan Barber is the Chef of Blue Hill, a restaurant in Manhattan's West Village, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, located within the nonprofit farm and education center, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. His opinions on food and agricultural policy have appeared in the New York Times, along with many other publications. Barber has received multiple James Beard awards including Best Chef: New York City (2006) and the country's Outstanding Chef (2009).
Until his death in 1985, James Beard was the nation's most acclaimed chef and food writer. The founder and director of the celebrated cooking classes in New York that still bear his name, Beard wrote several cookbooks.
Rachel Boardman is a former model and qualified with honours in Naturopathy Herbal medicine and Iridology. She now has her own practice working with patients holistically, in order to support the body and immune system with bespoke supplements, herbs and nutritional plans. She is also a fully trained yoga therapist for children with learning and social difficulties working in schools around London and has taught herbal salve and formula courses at The Life Centre using easy-to-find local herbs.She has written articles for Get The Gloss, Neal's Yard Remedies, Thandie Kay blog, Stylist magazine France and Your Fitness magazine.
Daniel Boulud was born in France in 1955 and trained under renowned chefs Roger Verge, Georges Blanc, and Michel Guerard. He moved to the United States, where he served as Executive Chef at Le Cirque in New York. In 1993 he opened Daniel, Zagat's top-rated New York restaurant for two years running, followed by Café Boulud and DB Moderne. Among numerous other awards, he has been named "Chef of the Year" by Bon Appétit, and has received Gourmet's Top Table award. He lives in New York City.
JanBraai's real name is Jan Scannell and he lives to braai, or barbecue. He is the founder and driving force behind South Africa's hugely successful and popular National Braai Day, held on 24 September each year, which brings together all South Africans through their shared love of cooking outdoors over a fire. Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu, who 'likes T-bone steaks, because they are in the shape of Africa', is the day's patron. For more about Jan Braai visit www.braai.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
Max Brenner is a confectioner, businessman, and above all, a passionate lover of chocolate. He began his career as an apprentice throughout Europe, where he worked in the best kitchens alongside renowned pastry chefs.
Ellen Brown is a versatile and respected author and recipe developer. She gained national limelight more than thirty years ago as the founding food editor of USA Today, and is the author of more than 35 cookbooks. Running Press titles include Scoop, Mac & Cheese, Soup of the Day, and Donut Nation. For the last six years she has written a popular weekly column for The Providence Journal, and profiles of her have appeared in The Washington Post, Coastal Living, and The Miami Herald.
Joseph C. Piscatella
Author Joseph C. Piscatella has been a keen observer of American eating habits since 1977, when emergency open-heart surgery at the age of 32 forced him to recognize the intimate connection between dietary habits and overall health. His successful recovery and determination to make adjustment in his own lifestyle and diet inspired a new career as an active proponent of healthy lifestyle changes. As president of the Institute for Fitness and Health, Inc. in Tacoma, Washington, he lectures extensively to a variety of clients, including medical organizations, corporations and professional associations, and is a consultant on major wellness projects for Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. Cited in Time for their practicality and effectiveness, his seminars deal with the management of lifestyle habits to increase health, longevity and productivity. Mr. Piscatella is the only non-medical member of the National Institute of Health Cardiac Rehabilitation Expert Panel, which develops clinical practice guidelines for physicians. He is also a member of the Association for Worksite Health Promotion, the American Association of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and the National Wellness Association.
Cherie Calbom, M.S. is a registered nutritionist. She is the author of several health and diet books .
When newlywed Victoria Combe baked a cake for her in-laws' first visit, it was a sunken, soggy disaster. In despair, she appealed in her column in the Daily Telegraph for help: 'Is there a cake recipe out there I cannot ruin?' Thankfully, scores of readers came to her aid with precious recipes that had been handed down over the generations and had never failed. The results were mouth-wateringly good. Here she shares the best of the Telegraph readers' recipes and tips for foolproof cakes, biscuits and scones.
Aleksandra Crapanzano is the recipient of the James Beard Foundation M.F.K. Fisher Award for distinguished writing, and her work has appeared in several anthologies including Best Food Writing 2013. She writes a food column for the Wall Street Journal and frequently writes their lengthy "Mega Meal" page. She has written about food for the New York Times Magazine, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Saveur, and Travel & Leisure. Now in New York, Crapanzano spent much of her childhood living in London, and continues to visit many times a year.
Having spent her early years in and out of ICU units, suffering from chronic illness, and her 20s battling an ever-escalating list of ailments, Creed found herself on dozens of medications, seeing innumerable doctors and specialists, and undergoing endless tests and thirteen sinus operations.After decades of searching for a stable sense of medical wellbeing, it wasn't until Dr Robbie Simons gave Creed back her health and her life that she decided to study the subject further. She went on to achieve a postgraduate diploma in Clinical Nutrition and later studied Functional Medicine.Sally-Ann Creed is the author of nine books, including the bestselling Let Food Be Your Medicine, which is still viewed as a classic today.
DAVID DALEY is of Jamaican parentage and grew up in Coventry, West Midlands working in the family catering business (Gwen's Catering with his mother Gwendolyn, father Lyndon, and his siblings). David passion's for Caribbean food and culture has been inspired by his parents' cooking and frequent visits to the Caribbean to see family and friends. David is the proprietor of Roti Kitchen, Caribbean caterers specializing in events and outside catering (www.rotikitchen.com and www.facebook.com/rotikitchen).
Gwen was born in Mandeville, Jamaica and was first noticed for her culinary excellence at the aged of 12 when she won a baking competition at her local school. This earned her a scholarship (specialising in cookery) for a college in Montego Bay.Gwen moved to the UK in the early 1960's and settled in the West Midlands. With the help of her family Gwen ran her own Caribbean catering company for over 40 years. Gwen is now retired, but continues to run a cookery club for adults and children in her local community.
Brian DeFehr is a personal chef and teaches market-based cooking classes in Paris. Brian was raised on the prairies of Canada and struck out to greener pastures, cooking in restaurants in Winnipeg, Chicago, and Montreal, finally settling in Paris. He lives with his family in Paris, France.
Co-author of Fresh Eggs Don't Float, Lara DePetrillo has been learning to cook since becoming a mother, and has found a love of trying new things and rediscovering comfort foods.