Chef and restauranteur Alice Waters was born April 28,1944, in Chatham, New Jersey. She attended University of California at Berkeley where she earned a degree in French Cultural Studies. She has been the owner of the Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California for almost three decades. She is the author of The Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook and Chez Panisse Vegetables. Waters collaborated with others chefs and a cardiologist to produce Heart-Healthy Cooking for All Seasons. Her awards include the Bon Appetit magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award, Restaurant and Business Leadership Award, Restaurants & Institutions Magazine and the James Beard Humanitarian Award. She was named Best Chef in America by the James Beard Foundation in 1992 and was listed as one of the ten best chefs in the world by Cuisine et Vins de France.
David Liittschwager is a freelance photographer and a contributor to National Geographic and other magazines. His work has been exhibited at such institutions as the California Academy of Sciences and the American Museum of Natural History. He is the author of Skulls and coauthor of Archipelago: Portraits of Life in the World's Most Remote Island Sanctuary, Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawaii, and Witness: Endangered Species of North America. Liittschwager also lectures and shows his work around the world in both fine art and natural history contexts.