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Author

Wendy Holden

Wendy Holden is a number one bestselling author. Her first novel Simply Divine, a comedy about a celebrity socialite, was an instant success and was inspired by her work as an editor at The Sunday Times and as deputy editor of society glossy, Tatler. She has written ten top-ten bestsellers for Headline as well as an enormous range of journalism for publications including the Daily Mail, YOU Magazine, the Daily Telegraph, My Weekly, the Sunday Express and Country Life. She writes regular travel pieces and is one of the Daily Mail's main book reviewers. She was also a judge for the 2013 Costa Novel and Costa Book of the Year awards. Wendy was born in Yorkshire, studied English at Cambridge and worked as a journalist on Harpers & Queen, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday and Tatler before becoming a full-time writer. After many years in London she now lives in the Derbyshire countryside with her political consultant husband and two young children.

Alysa Levene

Alysa Levene is a social history at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford (and enthusiastic amateur baker). She has researched and published articles and books on a variety of topics which connect with this book: the history of childhood, health, the family, and food.

Bill Collison

Bill Collison is arguably the most successful retail greengrocer in the UK, winning accolades from everyone who shops and eats at Bill's Produce Stores (currently in Lewes and Brighton). From humble beginnings over 20 years ago, selling fruit and vegetables from what amounted to a shed, he has slowly grown his business. His is the story of the humble greengrocer who fought - the onslaught of supermarkets, the financial and seasonal fluctuations of supplies, the rising costs of everything - and won. Now, with new business partners, Caprice Holdings, on board, Bill's Produce Stores will be rolling out across the UK, into major cities, bringing Bill's and the food to a broader audience.Bill's success is about clever growth - observing trends and challenges and adapting to them quickly. It's also about sheer hard work, getting into the store at 4am to dress it for the day and make it the visual treat that people come from miles away to experience. But it's mostly about the food - it's delicious, it's different, it's packed with flavours and colours and textures and for all that, it isn't expensive. From the simplest scrambled eggs on toast to the award winning vegetarian breakfast, the mezze plates and cakes that customers gawp at as they're set down before them, it's all presented with a flourish and a keen eye for detail - a unique celebration of eating.Bill's background is in growing and greengrocery. His passion for food comes from a different source to his peers, literally from the roots up. He knows about produce, how it's grown and supplied, the peculiarities of sustainably growing different fruits and vegetables, the effects of the weather and the shifting requirements of customers.

Henry Herbert

Last year Henry, 24, left his role as Head Chef of the award winning Coach and Horses in Clerkenwell to face a new challenge, buying the traditional butchers next door to his brother Tom`s bakery. Now the two work and cook side by side, professionally and domestically, creating every element of a meal; from the bun to the burgers and even the homemade pickles that top them off.

Itamar Srulovich

Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer are a husband-and-wife team who together run Honey & Co in London's Fitzrovia. They first met twelve years ago in a restaurant kitchen in Israel and arrived in London dreaming of high gastronomy and Michelin stars. Their tiny restaurant has ten tables and brings the magic of homely Middle Eastern soul food to a hungry crowd. They have since opened Honey & Spice and Honey & Smoke and published two cookbooks. Follow on Twitter: @Honeyandco

Ivor Peters

Ivor Peters has spent the past two decades working in the media industry, publishing, PR, advertising, latterly as the Creative Director for a film/video production company. However, his zealous 5-9 career is spent running his pop up restaurant, Cash 'n' Curry, raising funds for projects helping India's street children, and populating his blog www.urbanrajah.com with recipes and stories about food, travel, life and style finds.

Joe Fournier

Joe is a former England professional basketball player, with over 10 years experience in fitness and health training and coaching. Joe founded the Fitness Boutique in 2005 and has trained a vast range of clients from competition-ready athletesto busy mums wanting to shed baby weight. Joe and the Fitness Boutique team are also retained by a number of celebrities, international royalty and several leading film production houses to ready film stars for major - and often demanding - roles.

John Chapman

John Chapman and Leon Bustin are personal trainers, nutritionists and YouTube sensations. With over 250,000 subscribers and 11 million views these two best friends are showing that getting healthy, fit and in great shape can be fun!www.theleanmachines.com

John Torode

John Torode is one of the UK's best-loved chefs and judge of BBC One's MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and Junior MasterChef. John's food and travel series, Australia, Malaysian Adventures, Korean Food Tour and John Torode's Asia have aired on the Good Food Channel.

Kate Reardon

Kate Reardon has spent twenty years at the cutting edge of women's publishing. She started as a fashion assistant at American Vogue and at 21 was made Fashion Editor of Tatler. She has contributed to most major British newspapers and written three colums in The Times - who named her one of Britain's best writers. She is currently a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. She lives in London during the week and goes to her cottage in Wiltshire at the weekends - as a home worker she finds this helps her remember what day of the week it is.

Keren Smedley

Keren Smedley is an experienced business and life coach and runs her own consultancy specialising in coaching and consulting on age-related issues. She is an Accredited Counsellor and member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a baby boomer, but still considers herself full of energy and innovative ideas!

Lucy Young

Lucy has worked in the wonderful business of cooking for nearly 30 years. She is Cordon Bleu trained and for the last 27 years has worked as assistant to Mary Berry, who describes Lucy as "a truly exceptional cook". Lucy is an author of 8 books and also co-writes some books with Mary. Her expertise is both in AGA cooking, and in creating no-hassle recipes for family and friends.

Mary Berry

Mary Berry is the nation's favourite baker and home cook. The much-loved judge of The Great British Bake Off, Mary is the author of more than 70 cookbooks. Mary is loved for her practical and unfussy approach to cooking, but when she is at home, she loves to be with her family and tending her garden - her other great passion.

Miguel Barclay

As an Instagram chef, Miguel Barclay's dishes always look amazing, but what has caused such a buzz is the fact that they all cost less than £1 per person! From his kitchen in Camden, Miguel is constantly experimenting with breaking down recipes and coming up with innovative new £1 creations. Through his One Pound Meals phenomenon, Miguel is giving people the confidence and motivation to change the way they cook for ever. Miguel's first book, One Pound Meals became the biggest debut cookbook of the year and a Sunday Times Manuals chart bestseller. Fast & Fresh One Pound Meals, Miguel's second book also became an online bestseller as OPM fans devoured his new collection of recipes.Widely covered by the print media, Miguel and his One Pound Meals revolution has been featured by The Times, the Mail, Fabulous mag in the Sun, Metro, Independent and many more. Miguel has also cooked live on This Morning as well as BBC London News and is now a popular face at foodie festivals throughout the UK. @OnePoundMeals

Naomi Devlin

Naomi Devlin is a nutritionist, fermentista and foodie. She has taught at River Cottage for 8 years, where her gluten-free and nutrition courses are always fully booked. Naomi's first book, River Cottage Gluten Free, is one of the brightest and most successful books on gluten-free cooking and in this, her second book, Naomi focuses on keeping your gut healthy and happy.www.milkforthemorningcake.blogspot.cominstagram: @naomiannedevlintwitter: @naomidevlin

Nell Nelson

Passionate about food and cycling, Nell Nelson has cycled and eaten in every country she has visited from Mexico's cactus-studded deserts to Pakistan's snow-topped mountains. Her hobby has led to a fascinating career in nutrition, food and travel writing and TV presenting. Nell presented the eight-part TV series The Woman Who Ate Scotland which was shown on STV and UKTV Food, showcasing Scottish produce and cycling in Scotland. As a fully qualified nutritionist, Nell is fascinated by harnessing the power of food so you can get the most out of life whether it's cycling hundreds of miles or just preparing a meal that puts you in a thoroughly good mood.

Sarit Packer

Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich are a husband-and-wife team who together run Honey & Co in London's Fitzrovia. They first met twelve years ago in a restaurant kitchen in Israel and arrived in London dreaming of high gastronomy and Michelin stars. Their tiny restaurant has ten tables and brings the magic of homely Middle Eastern soul food to a hungry crowd. They have since opened Honey & Spice and Honey & Smoke and published two cookbooks. Follow on Twitter: @Honeyandco

Shivi Ramoutar

Shivi was born in Trinidad before moving to live in New York, and now London. She is currently carving a space for herself as 'the contemporary Caribbean cook', and is featured in national papers and foodie magazines, including the Guardian and Delicious. Shivi is a popular presence at food festivals and pop-ups in London and will be teaching a Caribbean class at the Divertimenti Cookery School in London. Shivi was also a contestant on Masterchef in 2013.Shivi is also a passionate spokesperson for promoting tourism in the Caribbean, at Caribbean events for both travel and food publications, throughout the UK.

Steven Sylvester

Steven Sylvester is a former professional cricketer who is now a leading Chartered Psychologist providing a new approach to human performance across a range of individuals and teams in professional sport, business, and life. After completing a first degree in psychology at London University's Goldsmith's College, he began his career in professional sport, playing academy football for Oxford United and First Class cricket for Middlesex and Nottinghamshire.After choosing to retire from professional cricket, he completed further academic intensive training with a Master's degree in psychology to become a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. He has now achieved the status of Associate Fellow within the BPS for his contribution to psychology. He is also a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council. Combined with his own experience as a performer, this informed his practice as he began to consult with numerous elite athletes helping them develop into world-class performers.A number of defining moments occurred when several of these elite athletes became world champions. Today, elite athletes, senior executives, students, teachers, parents and others are now utilising Steven's unique framework to accelerate and enhance their performance and life.

Tess Lister

Tess grew up at Shipton Mill and is a passionate home cook, having learned with the Shipton experts. Lovingly rebuilt by friends and family, the Mill celebrates the community ethos and values it was founded on: 'a time for everything, and everything in its own time'.John Lister discovered the derelict site in 1981 and founded the Mill as it stands now. Lovingly rebuilt by friends and family, it celebrates the community ethos and values it was founded on. The Mill has also been featured in various television series, including the BBC's Kitchen Secrets by Raymond Blanc.

Tom Herbert

Fresh out of baking college, Tom won Baker Of the Year and his signature sourdough has won Organic Loaf of the Year 9 times in the last 10 years. Now, along with his butcher brother Henry, the two work and cook side by side, professionally and domestically, creating every element of a meal; from the bun to the burgers and even the homemade pickles that top them off.