Leslie Jonath has over 20 years experience in book publishing and content creation. She is founder of Connected Dots Media, a book and content production company specializing in food and lifestyle projects. Before launching Connected Dots Media, Leslie was a Senior Editor and a Creative Director at Chronicle Books. where she produced The Pleasures of Slow Food. Her most recent book, Feed Your People: Big-Batch Big-hearted Recipe to Gather Around, collected recipes from 65 chefs and cooks. Leslie specializes in projects that bring people together to cook, eat, talk, and connect!
Naz Deravian is the author of Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories. She is a Los Angeles-based writer and frequent contributor The New York Times food section.
Andrea Nguyen is one of the country’s leading voices on Asian cuisine and is living out her childhood dream of being an award-winning writer, editor, teacher, and consultant. Her impactful books—Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, Asian Dumplings, Asian Tofu, The Banh Mi Handbook, The Pho Cookbook, and Vietnamese Food Any Day—have been recognized by the James Beard Foundation, International Association of Culinary Professionals, and National Public Radio for their excellence. Andrea is also the winner of the 2020 International Association of Culinary Professionals Member of the Year award.
She edited Unforgettable, a biography cookbook about culinary icon Paula Wolfert. Andrea has contributed to many publications, including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Lucky Peach, Saveur, and Cooking Light. Her engaging and knowledgeable writing on cuisine and culture has attracted a loyal and well-deserved readership that actively follows her blog, www.vietworldkitchen.com. Andrea lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Bryant Terry is the founder and editor-in-chief of 4 Color Books. An NAACP Image Award Winner and James Beard Award–winning chef and educator, Bryant is renowned for his activism and efforts to create a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system. Bryant is also the author of Afro-Vegan and Vegetable Kingdom. He is currently the chef-in-residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, where he creates programming that celebrates the intersection of food, farming, health, activism, art, culture, and the African Diaspora. His work has been featured in the New York Times and Washington Post and on CBS This Morning and NPR’s All Things Considered. San Francisco magazine included Bryant among the 11 Smartest People in the Bay Area Food Scene and Fast Company named him one of 9 People Who Are Changing the Future of Food.
Photos: Naz Deravian © Eric Wolfinger; Andrea Nguyen © Genevieve Piersoni
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