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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trish Deseine is originally from Ireland and has been living in France for 25 years. Since being approached by Hachette to write her first cookbook, Petits Plats entre Amis, in 2000, her unabashed love of eating and cooking, with a penchant for chocolate, has made her one of France and Ireland's best loved food writers. She has published over 15 books in English and French which have won many awards, sold hundreds of thousands of copies and been translated into many languages, and presented three RTE TV cookery series which have broadcast by BBC Lifestyle worldwide. Trish has written for ELLE France, Image Ireland, Le Fooding, Wallpaper, The Guardian and The Observer Food Monthly and contributes regularly to The Irish Times. In 2010 she was named one of French Vogue's 50 Women of the decade.
Rocco DiSpirito entered the Culinary Institute of America at the age of sixteen, and at eighteen began working with legendary chefs worldwide. The James Beard award-winning chef opened the 3-star Union Pacific in New York City where he established his culinary credentials. He was named Food & Wine's Best New Chef and was the first chef to grace the cover of Gourmet as "America's Most Exciting Young Chef". DiSpirito stars in his own syndicated TV show, Now Eat This with Rocco DiSpirito and has a weekly Associated Press column called Now Eat This! He is the author of nine cookbooks, including the New York Times bestselling Now Eat This! Diet and Now Eat This! Italian.
Caroline Eastman Bridges is co-author of Fresh Eggs Don't Float. She lives in the USA, and has found a new creative outlet in cooking. She is now a private chef and vegan baker.
Rose Elliot is one of Britain's foremost vegetarian cookery writers; since her first book, Simply Delicious, was published in 1967, she has played a key role in transforming the image and taste of vegetarian food. She has written more than 40 books, making her one of the bestselling vegetarian authors in the English-speaking world. Rose Elliot frequently contributes to national magazines and broadcasts on radio and television. She lives in Hampshire.
Actor, ROBIN ELLIS, is most famous for his performance as Ross Poldark in the successful 1970s' BBC TV mini-series Poldark. He also appeared in Elizabeth R, The Moonstone, Sense and Sensibility and an episode of Fawlty Towers. Several years ago he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and since then he has been perfecting his collection of easy and delicious Mediterranean dishes. He lives in France.
Todd English is a world-renowned chef and restaurateur who sells an air fryer very successfully on www.evine.com. He is best known in the US for his restaurant, Olives, plus his TV cooking show, Food Trip with Todd English, on PBS.
Kathleen Flinn has been a writer and journalist for nearly 20 years. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, Men's Fitness and many other publications. She divides her time between Seattle, Washington and Southwest Florida.
Jill Foulston is a former commissioning editor for the Virago Modern Classics. She lives in London and Italy.