Anthony Bourdain is the author of the novels Bone in the Throat, The Bobby Gold Stories, and Gone Bamboo, in addition to the mega-bestseller Kitchen Confidential and A Cook s Tour. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and he is a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine. He is the host of the popular television show Parts Unknown.
Pico Iyer is a British-born essayist and novelist long based in both California and Japan. He is the author of numerous books about crossing cultures, among them Video Night in Kathmandu", The Lady and the Monk, "and The Global Soul". An essayist for Time" since 1986, he also publishes regularly in Harper s", The New York Review of Books", The New York Times", and many other publications across the globe.
Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times best-selling author of twenty-eight books and a former foreign correspondent for The International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in New York City.
Author of the highly praised cookbook "Room for Dessert, " David Lebovitz was a pastry cook at Alice Waters's famed Chez Panisse restaurant for twelve years. Named one of the "Top Five Pastry Chefs in the Bay Area" by the San Francisco Chronicle, and nominated for an IACP/Kitchen Aid Award for Room for Dessert, David has been featured in such national publications as "Bon AppEtit, " the "New York Times, People, " and "Gourmet."
Andrew McCarthy is a freelance writer focusing on military and transport history. He has worked as a film editor for the BBC and coproduced the documentary "Toys for the Boys "for Channel Four.
Jan Morris served as an intelligence officer with the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers, studied at Oxford University, and was a reporter for the Times and the Guardian before launching into a successful career as a novelist, history author, and travel writer. Her other books include Last Letters from Hav, Fifty Years of Europe, Conundrum, Hong Kong, Oxford, The World of Venice, and Farewell the Trumpets.
Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Men Who United the States, The Map That Changed the World, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa, all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006 Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He resides in western Massachusetts.
ANDREW ZIMMERN is a chef, food writer, and teacher, as well as the host of the Travel Channel's hit show, "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" and "Bizarre Foods America". Andrew has been a featured guest on various popular national television shows such as NBC's "Today Show", "The Dr. Oz Show", "Access Hollywood", "Nightline", and E!'s "The Soup". Born and raised in New York City, Andrew currently resides in Minnesota with his wife and son.