Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Bethanie Deeney Murguia earned an MFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is the creator of numerous picture books, including Zoe's Jungle and I Feel Five. Bethanie, her family, and their dog, Disco, live in Northern California.
Deborah Ory has been a dancer since age seven. She began her photography career while injured as a dancer, photographing rehearsals. She has worked as a photo editor at House & Garden and Mirabella, and has shot editorial work for Self, Health, Martha Stewart Living, and Real Simple.
Amy Parker has written more than thirty books for children, teens, and adults, including the bestselling A Night Night Prayer; Thank You, God, for Mommy; and Thank You, God, for Daddy. Amy lives in Murfreesboro, TN with her husband and two sons.
Todd Parr has inspired and empowered children around the world with his bold images and positive messages. He is the bestselling author of more than forty books, including Be Who You Are, The Goodbye Book, The Family Book, The I Love You Book, and It's Okay to be Different. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Elise Parsley has also written and illustrated the bestselling If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! which was her debut picture book. She lives in South Dakota with her husband.
New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Phamhas created over ninety books for children, including The Princess in Black series with Shannon and Dean Hale, Freckleface Strawberry with Julianne Moore, and her own The Bear Who Wasn't There.
Running Press, Running Press Kids, and Running Press Miniature Editions publish books that inspire, entertain and delight readers with innovative formats and irresistible packages for humor, pop culture, activity, cooking and self-help titles. The long-running miniature editions program features original bestsellers like Grow Your Own Mini Bonsai and top licenses like Harry Potter.
Over the past decade, Scottish photographer Colin Prior has journeyed more than a million miles seeking out the world's last wild places and peoples. His unique style of work has received considerable critical acclaim, including awards for work with British Airways. Prior's previous books Highland Wilderness and Scotland: The Wild Places have arguably transformed our perception of wilderness. To purchase your own Colin Prior prints visit www.colinprior.co.uk
A long time front-of-house man with no professional cooking experience, Michael Psilakis took control of the kitchen when, as owner of his Long Island restaurant, Ecco, his chef simply failed to show up for work one night. Since then, his star as a chef and entrepreneur has risen considerably
Jacques Pepin is one of America's best-known cookbook authors and cooking teachers, and has appeared regularly on PBS-TV for more than a decade, hosting or co-hosting with Julia Child or his daughter, Claudine, more than 300 cooking shows. A former New York Times columnist, he is a contributing editor to Food & Wine magazine and has published nineteen cookbooks. He serves as Dean of Special Programs at The French Culinary Institute in New York City and teaches at Boston University. Born in Bourg-en-Bresse, France, he was the personal chef to three French heads of state before moving to the United States in 1959. He now lives in Connecticut.
Mads Refslund was born in Denmark, attended culinary school, and co-founded NOMA with Rene Redzepi. NOMA has repeatedly been named the greatest restaurant in the world. Mads left to run his own Michelin-starred restaurant in Denmark, then moved to New York City where he created the menu at ACME NYC. The New York Times awarded it 2 stars for successfully integrating Nordic philosophy with North American seasonal ingredients.
Paul Richardson won critical acclaim for 'Indulgence', 'Our Lady of the Sewers' and 'Cornucopia; A gastronomic tour of Britain'. He is fast-becoming one of Britain's leading food-history/travel writers.
Judy Ridgway is an acclaimed food writer and international expert on olive oil. She was the first non-Italian judge to sit on the judging panel of the prestigious Leone d'Oro international awards for olive oil. She travels frequently to the producing regions meeting the growers and tasting the oils along the way. She is also in regular contact with specialist cooking schools, university agricultural departments and research institutes. Previous books featuring olive oil include two editions of Judy Ridgway's Best Olive Oil Buys Round the World and The Olive Oil Companion. She also has extensive experience of national TV and radio.
Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) was born and educated at Knole. She and her husband Harold Nicolson created the famous garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent.
Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, as well as the illustrator of many other picture books, including Crankenstein by Samantha Berger. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets.
Ron Schick is a writer and editor specialising in the history of photography. He is the author, with Julia Van Haaffen, of The View from Space: American Astronaut Photography.
Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. Previously Souza was an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. His books include the New York Times bestsellers Obama: An Intimate Portrait and The Rise of Barack Obama. Souza is currently a freelance photographer based in Washington, D.C., and a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication.
Michael Stephenson is an editor, military historian, and the author of numerous books, including The Last Full Measure: How Soldiers Die in Battle, Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought, National Geographic's Battlegrounds: Geography and the History of Warfare, and The Nuclear Dictionary. Stephenson is also the former editor of the Military Book Club. He lives in New York City. Smithsonian Institution is the most visited museum complex in the world, with more than 30 million annual visitors.
Elisa Strauss is the founder and head designer of Confetti Cakes in New York City. A former designer for Ralph Lauren, Strauss is famous for her imaginative and elaborate cakes. Her work has been featured in dozens of magazines, as well as on Good Morning America, the Today show, Martha: The Martha Stewart Show, The View, and the Food Network
Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
Natasha Anastasia Tarpley is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and numerous other awards.