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Julia Child

Born in Pasadena, California, on August 15, 1912, to an upper-middle-class family, Julia barely knew how to boil water when she graduated with a history degree from Smith College in 1934. She aspired to be either a novelist or basketball player.

During World War II Julia served with the Office of Strategic Services (later the CIA), first in Washington, then in Ceylon and China....

Harold McGee

 

Harold McGee writes about the science of food and cooking. He started out studying physics and astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, and then English Literature at Yale University. In 1984 he published On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen. Twenty years later, the revised and enlarged edition of On Food and Cooking went through five...

Arch Corriher

Arch was an enlisted radar mechanic in the 8th Air Force during World War II, and retired from the Air Force Reserve as a Lt. Col. in 1978. He attended college after the War, attaining degrees in electrical engineering (N.C. State University and Caltech) and math (Georgia Tech), along with a knowledge of physics. He worked as a research engineer for the Georgia Tech Research...

Shirley Corriher

 

"If you want to know why and it concerns food, Shirley Corriher, Atlanta food writer, teacher and consultant, is the person to figure it out." (Food & Wine, Nov., 1988). For over 30 years, Shirley has solved problems for everyone from home cooks, to editors and writers, to large companies like Pillsbury and Procter & Gamble, to Julia Child.

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Anne Mendelson

Anne Mendelson, a family friend, is a freelance writer and editor specializing in culinary subjects. She is considered a leading authority on the history of American cookbooks, and has contributed to such publications as the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America and the essay collection, Gastropolis: Food and New York City. She is a contributing editor at Gourmet...

Ikki Matsumoto

 

Ikki Matsumoto was born in Tokyo, Japan to a well-known cartoonist and children's book illustrator. In 1955, he came to the U.S. to study art. In 1957, he studied under the renowned humorous wildlife artist Charles Harper at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He graduated in 1959 and married fellow student Polly Adamson. Ikki's love of wildlife illustrations led him to...

John Norton

 

John Norton began his career as an illustrator after he graduated from Syracuse University, while he was teaching and working on his M.S. degree in zoology at Clemson University. For over 15 years he has used his artistic talent and knowledge of nature from a scientific perspective to create illustrations and cartoons for newspapers, field guides, biology textbooks, science...

Whitney Frick

Whitney Frick, an editor at Scribner, is honored to be a part of the Joy of Cooking team. She is the winner of the inaugural Larry Ashmead Award, given to an emerging editor in book publishing. She has worked with critically-lauded and bestselling authors such Reynolds Price, Geneen Roth, and David Finch. She acquires up-market women's fiction, voice-driven memoir,...

Walter C. Willett, M.D.

Walter C. Willett, M.D., is chairman of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and a professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School. A world-renowned researcher, he is one of the leaders of the famous Nurses' Health study and Halth Professionals Follow-up Study. Dr. Willett has won many honors, including the Mott Prize, the...

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