JANET FLETCHER is a staff food writer for theSan Francisco Chronicleand the author of many books on food and wine. She lives in Napa Valley, California. A preeminent spokesperson for quality meat in America, BILL NIMAN is a cattle rancher and founder and chairman of Niman Ranch, Inc. He has been named Food Artisan of the Year byBon App?©titand was granted the Glynwood Award for Environmental Stewardship. He lives in Bolinas, California.
Mark Bittman has won IACP Julia Child Awards for his books Fish and How to Cook Everything, which has sold over 400,000 copies. He writes "The Minimalist" column for The New York Times, and his food writing appears in major publications nationwide. He is coauthor of the James Beard Award-winning Jean-Georges: Cooking at Home with a Four-Star Chef (Broadway Books, 1998).