Our Authors

Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. He has written and presented many award-winning series and programs for the BBC, including the flagship weekly Radio 4 program Inside Science, The Cell for BBC Four, and Playing God (on the rise of synthetic biology) for the leading science series Horizon, as well as writing for the science pages of the Guardian. His first book, Creation, on the origin of life and synthetic biology, was published in 2013 to outstanding reviews and was short-listed for the Wellcome Trust Prize.

Alan Barclay, PhD, is a consultant dietitian who worked for Diabetes Australia (NSW) from 1998-2014. He is coauthor of The New Glucose Revolution for Diabetes and a member of the editorial boards of the Diabetes Australia’s consumer magazine, Conquest, and health professional magazine, Diabetes Management Journal. Barclay is currently Chief Scientific Officer at the Glycemic Index Foundation.

Alex Bellos’ bestselling popular math books have been translated into more than 20 languages. He writes about math for the Guardian and frequently speaks at conferences, in schools, and beyond. The Association of British Science Writers named his blog the Best Science Blog of 2016. Bellos is also the coauthor of two math coloring books with Edmund Harriss and the inventor of LOOP, an elliptical pool table.

Ali Almossawi is the creator and maintainer of An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, which has been read by 2.5 million readers and translated into 18 languages, 12 of which were done by volunteers from across the world. His second book, Bad Choices, is an illustrated guide to algorithmic thinking. Ali currently works as a data visualizer at Apple and was formerly a data visualization engineer on the Firefox team at Mozilla, a research associate at Harvard, and a collaborator with the MIT Media Lab. He is an alumnus of MIT’s Engineering Systems Division and Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science.

Alice Hart is a seasoned food writer, editor, stylist, chef, and cookbook author whose work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines. Her previous books include Vegetarian: A Delicious Celebration of Fresh Ingredients and Friends at My Table.

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Alicia C. Simpson, MS, RD, IBCLC, LD, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and registered dietitian specializing in maternal and pediatric nutrition. The executive director and founder of the nonprofit Pea Pod Nutrition and Lactation Support, she provides nutrition and breastfeeding education to mothers. She has written three cookbooks, including Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food, and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

The American Macular Degeneration Foundation is a non-profit, publicly supported organization that works for the prevention, treatment, and cure of macular degeneration by raising public awareness and knowledge about the increasing threat of macular degeneration, providing support and advocacy for those affected with the disease and their families, and supporting scientific research.

Andrea Duclos is the creator of the popular lifestyle and cooking blog OhDearDrea. Named a top family blogger by both Apartment Therapy and Babble, she has been featured on Design Sponge, Disney Baby, and the documentary American Blogger, among numerous other media. She resides in West Palm Beach, Florida, with her husband and daughter, where they live as simply, naturally, and happily as possible.

Andreas Jopp is a medical journalist and bestselling author. His books have been translated into 14 languages. He has been giving stop-smoking workshops for over ten years. His program as presented here was first launched in Germany in November 2011 and has already helped countless smokers to quit cigarettes for good.

Andrew Bienkowski, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served in the Korean War, worked as a psychologist for 40 years, including 32 years for New York state, designing and implementing mental-health programs and working directly with patients. He lives near Buffalo, New York.

Andrew Martin is surprisingly well qualified to write a housework guide for men. Not only is he a man himself, but he does a lot around the house. On purely humanitarian grounds he recently took over some of the ironing from his wife; he then branched out into cleaning the bathroom, fairly regular vacuuming, and doing the dishes after dinner (when he wasn’t going out). For the purposes of this book, Martin has interviewed many experts, and can thus provide answers to such burning questions as: Do I need to bother about the controls on the iron? Is dust actually dangerous? What’s all this stuff about hard and soft water? The result is a genuinely enlightening read, combining practical housework advice with touching recollections from the author’s Yorkshire childhood and hilarious scenes from the daily sit-com of family life. How to Get Things Really Flat will amuse and instruct any slobbish man forced at gunpoint to read it.

Armando Siqueiros, MD, is the coach of Cal Poly Distance Club and has been named USA Track & Field 2009 National Developmental Coach of the Year.

Arto der Haroutunian (1940–1987) was a restaurateur, painter, translator, and author of 12 cookbooks. He also composed music and translated Turkish, Arab, Persian, and Armenian authors.

Ben Miller, a trained quantum physicist, is an actor and comedian, perhaps best known for his role as the sidekick in Johnny English. He is also the bestselling author of It’s Not Rocket Science, and host of the TV show of the same name. He has hosted numerous other TV and radio documentaries on subjects as varied as temperature and the history of particle physics. He is slowly coming to terms with the idea that he may never be an astronaut.

Bill Turnbull is the award-winning longtime co-host of BBC Breakfast, Britain’s most-watched morning TV show. A career journalist, he has reported from more than 30 countries, and for four years was the BBC News foreign correspondent in Washington, DC. He is President of the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers and a public ambassador for the British Beekeepers’ Association.

In 2014, Billy Bean was appointed Major League Baseball’s first Ambassador for Inclusion, in which role he is at the fore of the League’s efforts for a fair and equitable workplace throughout all of baseball. He maintains a blog at MLB.com.

Bob Deans, author of the 2007 book The River Where America Began: A Journey Along the James, was the chief Asia correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other Cox newspapers, and for eight years covered the White House.

Bob Holtzman has written about outdoor sports for 25 years. A former editor for International Marine and Ragged Mountain Press, he is the author of The Camping Bible, Wilderness Survival Skills, and a series of boating books for children. He is the president of Mythic Gear, which produces drysuits for boating and paddlesports. Holtzman lives in Maine, where he enjoys canoeing, camping, hiking, and writing the blog Indigenous Boats.

Carla Kelly is an experienced cook and baker, having started well before the age of ten. As the eldest of five children, she often made baked treats and dinner for her family. She has been a vegan for over five years and a vegetarian for fifteen more before that, and has developed recipes to suit herself and her family on this journey. She writes the popular blog The Year of the Vegan and lives in British Columbia with her family.

Carol J. Adams is the author of the pioneering The Sexual Politics of Meat, called a “vegan bible” by The New York Times and now in a twentieth-anniversary edition, plus more than twenty other books and over one hundred articles. She frequently speaks on college campuses. She is working on a memoir about her decade as a caregiver. She lives near Dallas, Texas, with her partner and their two rescued dog companions, Holly and Inky.

Carole Kramer Arsenault, RN, IBCLC, has devoted her career to infant and pregnancy care, and worked for many years as a delivery nurse, including at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She founded and runs Boston Baby Nurse, a home health agency offering specialized support to families with babies. She lives outside Boston.

Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, singer, vlogger and, thanks to her popular YouTube channel ItsWayPastMyBedTime, “honorary big sister” to hundreds of thousands of young people around the world. The videos she creates—on topics as diverse as exam stress, handling school bullies, and how to pee in a onesie—have been viewed more than fifty million times. Carrie has played the role of Éponine in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre in London’s West End since June 2013 and received the 2014 WhatsOnStage Award for Best Takeover in a Role. She lives just outside of London.

Catherine Jones is an award-winning cookbook author, app developer, and blogger on the Calories In, Calories Out website. She has written numerous cookbooks, including Eating for Pregnancy with Rose Ann Hudson, RD, LD, and Eating for Lower Cholesterol with Elaine Trujillo, MS, RDN. She is the founder of the nonprofit Share Your Calories, created to build the first-ever weight-loss app with a social-giving component. She promotes calorie awareness, energy balance, and wellness at every opportunity. Catherine lives with her family in Bethesda, MD. She is a graduate of Connecticut College and La Varenne Culinary School in France.

Chris Bull is cofounder of Gay Cities: Your Travel and City Guide and editorial director of Queerty.com, the most popular LGBT blog in the world.

Christine Toomey is an award-winning journalist and author who has reported from over sixty countries worldwide. Speaking five languages, she has covered foreign affairs for the Sunday Times for more than twenty years, and her journalism has been syndicated globally. Previously based as a correspondent in Mexico City, Paris, Berlin, and elsewhere, she has twice won Amnesty International Awards for Magazine Story of the Year. She divides her time between London and a small medieval town in the Apennines of central Italy.

Claire Ptak grew up in Inverness, California, and worked for three years at Chez Panisse, as a pastry cook and then a pastry chef. Her acclaimed baking company and café, Violet, sells whoopie pies, cupcakes, and other popular serving-size desserts, all crafted with a focus on organic and seasonal ingredients.

Claudia Shwide-Slavin, MS, RD, CDE, has been a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator for over 20 years. She runs a clinical private practice in New York City, prior to which she set up and coordinated three diabetes centers in the NYC area. Her writing on diabetes and sweeteners has appeared in various peer-reviewed journals.

Colette Martin is a food allergy mom and an expert on how to bake allergen-free. When her son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, she had to re-invent how her family ate. Having first learned to bake in her grandmother’s kitchen with wheat, butter, milk, and eggs, Colette understands firsthand what it means to transform a kitchen to accommodate multiple food allergies.

Dan Formosa, Ph.D., spent his grammar school years in Hoboken, NJ, the site of baseball’s first recorded game. A consultant to a wide range of companies and organizations, he has received numerous design awards. He also helped create the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Dan travels the world frequently in his work. He spends the rest of his time in Piermont, NY, and in New York City—virtually within throwing distance of Hoboken’s old Elysian Fields. He  grew up playing stoopball and is a diehard Yankees fan.

David Michie, PhD, is the internationally published author of Buddhism for Busy People, Hurry Up and Meditate, and numerous other books, including a successful series of novels featuring the Dalai Lama’s cat. He is a meditation coach to both secular and Buddhist audiences, and a cofounder of Organisational Mindfulness, which caters to the corporate sector. Michie holds a doctorate in Communications Strategy.

Journalist David Oliver Relin (1962–2012) was a recipient of the Kiriyama Prize and a James A. Michener Fellowship. He coauthored the #1 New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea.

Del Sroufe, who contributed recipes to the first Forks Over Knives book, is chef and co-owner of Wellness Forum Foods, a plant-based meal delivery and catering company that offers healthy, minimally processed foods. He also regularly teaches cooking classes, and has worked in vegan and vegetarian kitchens for 22 years. He lives and works in Columbus, Ohio.

Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, is a developmental and clinical psychologist. At the University of California–San Francisco, she is the cofounder and director of mental health at the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, an associate professor of pediatrics, and an attending psychologist at the Benioff Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic. Her work with—and advocacy for—gender creative children has been widely covered, including by The New York Times, the Huffington Post, and NPR. She has been featured on the Los Angeles Times online, Wired online, and has appeared on Anderson, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Today Show.

Ed Ayres has been running competitively for fifty-five consecutive years, and he enjoys it as much now as he did when he joined his high school cross-country team in 1956. Ayres placed third in the first New York Marathon in 1970, and he is the only runner of that race still competing today. Having participated in the early growth of American interest in roadrunning, trail-running, and marathons, he also became one of the pioneers of ultrarunning. He placed third in the US 50 Mile championship in 1976 (in 5:46:52), first in the JFK 50 Mile in 1977, and first in four US national age-division championships at 50K road, 50K trail, and fifty miles. He was the founding editor and publisher of Running Times magazine, now published by Runner’s World parent Rodale Press. He also worked for thirteen years as the editorial director of the Worldwatch Institute. He lives in Green Valley, California.

Edgardo J. Menvielle, MD, MSHS, is the director of the Gender and Sexuality Development Program and of the Gender and Sexuality Advocacy and Education Program in the Psychiatry Department of the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He started a national outreach group for parents of gender-variant children in 1998, and later a gender and sexuality development clinic. He is also an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at The George Washington University. An internationally recognized authority on childhood and adolescent gender and sexuality, Dr. Menvielle has been quoted in The New York Times and Newsweek. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Edmund Harriss is a well-known mathematical artist. He has a PhD in math from Imperial College, London, and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas. His research has appeared in Nature, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and the Notices of the American Mathematical Society. He has also led workshops at many math clubs and circles, and at the Museum of Mathematics in New York. He is the academic director of Epsilon Camp, a summer camp in the US for mathematically gifted students ages 7 through 11.

Eileen Garvin was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. The youngest of five children, she has always been close to her sister Margaret. She completed her B.A. in English at Seattle University, and her M.A. in English at the University of New Mexico. She writes for newspapers, magazines, and Web sites from Hood River, Oregon, where she lives with her husband.

Elaine Trujillo, MS, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and works at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. She is passionate about nutrition and its role in health promotion. She uses a variety of approaches to share her views and findings about nutrition, including co-authoring, with Catherine Jones, The Calories In, Calories Out Cookbook and Eating for Lower Cholesterol. In addition to authoring the textbook, Nutritional Support in the Care of the Critically Ill, she has written various nutritional science-related journal articles and book chapters. She received a BS degree from the University of Delaware, and a MS at Texas Woman’s University. She is Past Chair of the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and in 2013 co-edited the book, Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice. She formerly served as Chair of Education and Research for the Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She and her husband live in Maryland. She has two children in college.

Emma Farrarons is an illustrator and graphic designer who lives and works in London. Born in the Philippines, Farrarons grew up in Paris before studying illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. When she is not drawing and designing, Farrarons enjoys cooking, sewing, traveling, and practicing mindfulness.

Eric Harrison is the author of seven books on meditation and mindfulness that have been translated into 13 languages and published in 15 countries. He began teaching meditation as a secular, science-based therapy decades ago—long before the modern mindfulness movement began—and has taught tens of thousands of students. He lives in Perth, Australia.

Fiona Carns runs one of the leading catering services in Melbourne, Australia. Her passion for healthy food and concern about the dietary effects of highly processed foods has inspired her to write two cookbooks, including Low Carb High Flavor Made Easy. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children.

Forrest Pritchard is a full-time organic farmer who holds degrees from the College of William and Mary. His farm, Smith Meadows, was one of the first “grass-finished,” free-range endeavors in the country, and has sold at leading farmers’ markets in Washington, D.C. for more than fifteen years. Pritchard is the author of the New York Times-bestselling book Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm, picked as a top read by The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and NPR’s The Splendid Table. The primary blogger for the Facebook page “I Support Farmers’ Markets,” the largest online farmers’ market fan page, he is also a popular public speaker, having given addresses at RAND, Texas Organic Farmers Association, and Weston A. Price International, among others. Pritchard lives with his family on Smith Meadows in Berryville, Virginia.

Gail Vaz-Oxlade has been a personal-finance writer and columnist for 25 years, following a career working for financial-services companies. She delivers her no-nonsense approach to money management as host of the television show Til Debt Do Us Part, which airs in the US on CNBC, as well as in more than 30 other countries, reaching millions of viewers each week.

Gene Stone is the author of the international bestseller The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick and the coauthor, with Rip Esselstyn, of The Engine 2 Diet. Stone, who has written or ghostwritten more than thirty books and numerous magazine articles, lives in New York and follows a plant-based diet.

Gill Rapley, the pioneering champion of baby-led weaning, has studied infant feeding and child development for many years. She worked as a public health nurse for more than 20 years, and has also been a midwife, lactation consultant, and breastfeeding counselor. She lives in Kent, England, with her husband and has three grown-up children, all of whom tried their best to show her that they didn’t need any help with solid foods.

Gillian Turner is a senior lecturer in physics and geophysics at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. The winner of numerous awards for excellence in teaching and science communication, Turner has published over fifty articles in scientific journals.

Hazel Edwards, OAM, is an acclaimed children’s author of over 200 titles, perhaps best known for her popular classic There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake. A director of the Australian Society of Authors and a National Reading Ambassador, Edwards was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for Literature in 2013.

Heather Crosby’s first book, YumUniverse, was covered by HGTV.com, Reader’s Digest, and NPR’s “It’s Your Health,” among others. She is a lover of plant-inspired foods, and the recipe developer and photographer of her popular website, YumUniverse.com (100,000+ monthly visitors). She also holds a certification from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She lives in West Virginia.

Heather Wolf’s love of birds was sparked while living on Florida’s Gulf Coast, where she participated in the Florida Master Naturalist program and led walks for the Florida Trail Association. She currently lives in Brooklyn and works as a web developer for Cornell Lab of Ornithology and its eBird project. Her blog, brooklynbridgebirds.com, documents the birds of Brooklyn Bridge Park, where she has recorded over 30,000 bird sightings of more than 130 species. A woman of many passions, Heather has taught thousands of people to juggle and won the 2015 NYC Intel IoT (Internet of Things) Hackathon for her design of a “smart” juggling ball.

Helen McGrath, PhD, completed her undergraduate degree and Diploma of Education at the University of Sydney and her Masters degree and PhD at Monash University. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at RMIT University as well as a part-time senior lecturer in the School of Education at Deakin University. She also has a small private psychology practice in Cheltenham, Melbourne. Helen is a leading psychologist and educator with a particular interest and expertise in mental health, social skills and relationships. She is the author or co-author of 22 books for educators, psychologists and the general community.

Heli Perrett, PhD, a sociologist and microbiologist, has served as a senior technical specialist at the United Nations Development Programme and at the World Bank. She specializes in food, public health, and farming issues. She learned to love and grow food at an early age, and she continues to harvest organic crops at her home in Oakland, California.

Henrietta Morrison is the founder of Lily’s Kitchen, voted the UK’s #1 pet food company for the last four years by the Good Shopping Guide. Her dog food is sold in hundreds of stores across the UK. Morrison believes that dogs should eat proper food, so she works with cooks, nutritionists, and vets to develop her recipes. Her border terrier, Lily, is her chief taster.

Ian Brown is an author and a feature writer for the Globe and Mail whose work has won many national magazine and national newspaper awards. His most recent book, The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Search for His Disabled Son, was named one of The New York Times 10 best books of the year and reviewed on the front cover of The Times Book Review, and Ian Brown was the subject of a feature interview on NPR’s Fresh Air. The book was also the winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the Trillium Book Award. His previous books include Freewheeling, which won the National Business Book Award, and the provocative examination of modern masculinity, Man Overboard. He lives in Toronto.

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Jasmin Lee Cori, MS, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in working with adults who experienced childhood abuse and neglect. She has worked in human service agencies and private practice, and taught psychology in colleges and professional schools. She is the author of numerous articles and five books, including Healing From Trauma.

Jeanne Lemlin is the award-winning author of five cookbooks, including Quick Vegetarian Pleasures, which won a James Beard Award. A vegetarian since age 15 and a pioneering vegetarian cookbook author, she has written for numerous national magazines, including Yankee Magazine, Cooking Light, and Gourmet. Lemlin has also made numerous appearances on the Food Network. Currently a high school English teacher, she lives in Great Barrington, MA.

Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller is a professor of human nutrition at the University of Sydney. She is acknowledged worldwide for her expertise on carbohydrates and health, as well as infant nutrition.

Jennifer L. Verdolin, PhD, is an animal behavior researcher specializing in social and mating behavior and a scholar in residence at Duke University. Her work has been featured on NPR and in Wired, Scientific American, and many other media outlets. Her weekly radio segment, “Think Like a Human, Act Like an Animal,”is a regular feature on the nationally syndicated D.L. Hughley Show (broadcast on 43 stations in 17 states with 3 million listeners). Dr. Verdolin also writes a Psychology Today blog. Her first book, Wild Connection, explores what animal mating can teach us about human relationships.

Jennifer Teege worked in advertising for 16 years before becoming an author. For four years in her twenties she lived in Israel, where she became fluent in Hebrew. She graduated from Tel Aviv University with a degree in Middle Eastern and African studies. Teege lives in Germany with her husband and two sons. A New York Times and international bestseller, My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me is her first book.

Jennifer Trainer Thompson is the author or coauthor of 16 books, including three James Beard Award-nominated cookbooks.

Jenny Carenco is the creator of Les Menus Bébé, a leading French brand of flavorful, high quality, and 100–percent natural baby food. Her baby food cookbooks have collectively been translated into five languages. She is a mother of two and a graduate of the prestigious MBA program at HEC, France’s premier business school.

Jeremy Gavron is the author of The Book of Israel, winner of the Encore Award, and An Acre of Barren Ground. A former foreign correspondent in Africa and Asia, he lives in London, and teaches in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.

Jeremy Webb is editor-in-chief of New Scientist, where he has worked for over twenty-three years.

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Jessica Nadel writes the popular blog Cupcakes and Kale. She has a passion for healthy, local, plant-based eating and thinks that in a diet of vibrant, nourishing meals there is room for a cupcake or two, as well. She is also the proprietor/baker at Oh My Bakeshop, a natural and organic bakery of special-order vegan goods. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

Jessica Wapner is a freelance science writer focused on medicine. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Slate, The New York Times, Ode, TheAtlantic.com, New York magazine, Science, Nature Medicine, Ecologist, the Scientist, and Psychology Today. Her writing on cancer has been in patient-focused magazines CR and Cure, as well as Oncology Business Review. She lives in Beacon, New York, with her husband and two young children.

Jim Taylor, PhD, has worked with young people, parents, and educators for more than 24 years. He has spoken at over 700 venues globally. His previous books include Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child (Hyperion, 2002). His dozens of past national and local TV appearances include NBC’s Today and ABC’s World News This Weekend, and he is regularly quoted by major print media. He lives with his family in Marin County, California.

Johanna M. Seddon, MD, ScM, is a professor of ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine, and the founding director of the Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Genetics Service at the New England Eye Center, Tufts Medical Center. Her research has earned numerous awards and honors.

John Cassidy cofounded Klutz in 1978 and was its creative head until 2000. He has written over 200 books and received the Legacy for Children Award. He currently lectures at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. He lives in California.

Jon Butterworth is one of the leading physicists at the Large Hadron Collider and is Head of Physics and Astronomy at University College London. He writes the popular Life & Physics blog for the Guardian and has written articles for a range of publications including the Guardian and New Scientist. For the last 13 years, he has divided his time between London and Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Kate Marsh, an advanced accredited practicing dietitian and credentialed diabetes educator, has coauthored numerous previous books with Dr. Brand-Miller.

Kathleen Jamie, one of the UK’s foremost poets, is the author of four books of poetry and three nonfiction titles, including this one. In January 2013 she won the Costa Book Award, and she has won numerous other prestigious poetry awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award, Forward Poetry Prize of the Year, and Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award (twice). Her essay “Pathologies” appeared in Granta’s “New Nature Writing” issue. She is professor of creative writing at the University of Stirling and lives with her family in Fife, Scotland.

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As a small boy in the early 1980s nothing seemed more exciting to Keiron Pim than a visit to the Natural History Museum, where he would gaze up at the Diplodocus skeleton and later depart clutching some little dinosaur-related memento: an eraser shaped like Stegosaurus, a lurid poster of a Jurassic scene, or a book crammed with dino facts. It would have blown his four-year-old mind to know that thirty years later a book on dinosaurs would be his first publication. Keiron, married with three young daughters, is a writer and journalist based in Norfolk, England.

Jack Horner is one of the world’s foremost paleontologists, credited with finding the first dinosaur eggs in the Western Hemisphere, the first evidence of dinosaur colonial nesting, the first evidence of parental care among dinosaurs, and the first dinosaur embryos. He served as the inspiration for Paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant in Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, and as the technical advisor on all of the Jurassic Park films. Horner is Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, and Regents Professor of Paleontology at Montana State University.

Keith Stewart has run Keith’s Farm in Orange County, New York, since 1986. Illustrator Flavia Bacarella, his wife, teaches painting and drawing at Lehman College of the City University of New York.

Kelli Bronski is a graduate of Cornell University’s prestigious School of Hotel Administration, a ten-plus year veteran of the hospitality and restaurant business, and a lifelong baker and cook.

Kim Long is the creator of the award-winning Moon Calendar. Between 1984 and 2006, his American Forecaster Almanac was published in 22 annual editions. His is the author or coauthor of many other books, including The Moon Book. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

Kristin M. White is an educational consultant with Darien Academic Advisors, where she works with students in the United States and all over the world. She has written for several education newsletters and is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and the New England Association for College Admissions Counseling. She is also the author of The Complete Guide to the Gap Year. She lives in Darien, CT.

A self-described former “die-hard cheese nerd,” Kristy Turner is now the writer, recipe developer, and food stylist behind the vegan food blog Keepin’ It Kind. Once a professional fromagier and mutterer of the words, “I could never be vegan,” Kristy now loves her compassionate lifestyle and works with her photographer husband, Chris, to make veganism accessible, fun, and delicious for everyone.

Larry Scheckel taught high school-level physics and aerospace science for over 38 years. He was named Tomah (Wisconsin) Teacher of the Year three times, and Presidential Awardee at the state level for six years. Scheckel has authored articles for The Science Teacher magazine and The Physics Teacher magazine, and for a number of years has answered science-related questions in the twice-weekly Tomah Times, out of which this book grew. Scheckel has been a Science Olympiad coach, robotics mentor, organized star gazing sessions, and given orientation flights to students, and he has given presentations to thousands of adults and students in such venues as Children’s Museums, Boys and Girls Clubs, Rotary, and conventions.He lives with his wife in Tomah, Wisconsin.

Lars Thomsen is a pioneering animal rights activist and vegan advocate. He has been vegan since the age of 21, in 1990, and lives in Germany.

Passionate about vegan food without being preachy, Lee Watson brings a singular sensibility to the vegan cookbook shelf. He has worked in restaurants for more than 20 years, has cooked on TV as one half of the presenting team on Fox’s Meat v Veg and helped open a restaurant on the beach in Murcia, Spain. Besides growing his own organic fruit and vegetables, Lee writes poetry and plays guitar, practices yoga, hikes and runs in the mountains, swims in the sea, surfs and enjoys nature. He lives “the good life” with his partner, Jane, in western Wales, where he works as a vegan chef at an idyllic retreat center in Snowdonia National Park.

Lindsey S. Love is a food photographer and recipe developer living in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and dog. She is the creator of the blog Dolly and Oatmeal, which has been a finalist for Saveur magazine’s Food Blog Awards numerous times. Her work has been featured in Food 52, The Huffington Post, People.com, Buzzfeed, Epicurious, InStyle, Thoughtfully Magazine and Saveur.

Lisa Stander-Horel and Tim Horel are the writing and photography team behind the baking blog Gluten Free Canteen. The authors have been experimenting with gluten-free baking recipe development for over a decade. Their work has been published in Living Without magazine and a variety of online publications including Salon, Huffington Post, Joy of Kosher, GourmetLive.com, BlogHer Food, and more.

Lisette Kreischer is the author of seven books on vegan food and cooking, and living an ecofabulous way of life. She is also the cofounder of the company behind The Dutch Weed Burger, which is the subject of a documentary-length feature filmed in NYC and screened around the world. Kreischer is committed to spreading the word that plant-based food is easy, tasty, and healthy, and belongs in everybody’s diet. She lives in the Netherlands.

Lolo Houbein first learned about growing fruits and vegetables from her Uncle Wim, whose food garden saved the family during the last years of World War II in war-torn Holland. In 1958, she emigrated to Australia with her husband and children. She studied literature and anthropology at the universities of Adelaide and Papua New Guinea, and has written numerous books and articles on humanitarian and conservation topics. Houbein lives and gardens in the Adelaide Hills of Australia.

Dr. Lucy Hone received her master’s degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, the world-renowned home of the field. Today, she’s a researcher in resilience/well-being at the Auckland University of Technology.

Lukas Volger is the author of three cookbooks, Veggie Burgers Every Which Way, Vegetarian Entreés That Won’t Leave You Hungry and, most recently, Bowl. He is also the founder of Made by Lukas, a premium veggie burger company established in 2013, and editorial director of the biannual magazine Jarry. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Malden Nesheim, PhD, coauthor of Why Calories Count, is Cornell University Professor of Nutrition Emeritus and Provost Emeritus. He joined the Cornell faculty in 1959 and in 1974 he was named Director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences, a post which he held until the summer of 1987. He has received the Conrad A. Elvehjem Award for public service from the American Institute of Nutrition and in 1995 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was elected a fellow of the American Society of Nutritional Sciences in 1997.  He earned a B.S. in agricultural science and an M.S. in animal nutrition from the University of Illinois followed by a Ph.D. in nutrition from Cornell. His research interests have been aspects of nutritional biochemistry and more recently, the relationship of parasitic infections to nutritional status.

Dr. Marc D. Lewis and Dr. Isabela Granic are developmental psychologists as well as parents of twin boys. Dr. Lewis is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Granic is a research scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children. Together, they have given educational seminars and workshops to parents and clinicians around the world. Drs. Lewis and Granic live with their children in Toronto.

Books: Bedtiming

Marcel Schuttelaar, a nutritional engineer, is the founder of the North Sea Farm Foundation, the engine behind the cultivation of seaweed in the North Sea. He lives in the Netherlands.

Margaret Lobenstine (1943–2015) founded Alternative Approaches, a career and life-coaching business, and worked with more than five thousand clients. A Renaissance Soul herself, she created three successful—but entirely different—businesses. This is her first and only book.

Margaret Sassé founded Toddler Kindy GymbaROO in Australia in 1982, which now has 85 centers, 16 of them based internationally. An acknowledged authority on infant development, she wrote and produced several books and videos.

Mary Akers’s fiction, poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies. She is the author of a short story collection, Women Up On Blocks, from Press 53. Although raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, which she will always call home, she currently lives in western New York.

Mary Ellen Hannibal is an emerging voice in environmentalism and a sought-after speaker connecting the scientific community to the concerned public. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, and Elle, among many others. She is an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow and a recipient of the National Society of Science Writers’ Science and Society Award. She lives in San Francisco.

Mary Gordon is an internationally recognized educator, author, child advocate, and parenting expert who has created award-winning programs focused on the power of empathy. In 1996, she founded Roots of Empathy, which now offers programs in Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and elsewhere. Gordon speaks and consults to governments, educational organizations, and public institutions. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and an Ashoka Fellow.

Matt Frazier is a vegan ultramarathoner, founder of the No Meat Athlete movement, and author of No Meat Athlete. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP, is an international speaker on the topic of picky eating and feeding disorders in children, and the author of Adventures in Veggieland and coauthor of Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater. Her advice, found on her website MyMunchBug.com, has been shared in national publications including Parents magazine. In her over fifteen years of experience as a feeding therapist, her work visiting homes and schools to support families and children at mealtimes has been one of the most rewarding aspects of her career.

Melissa Breyer is the coauthor of True Food and is a Green Living columnist for Discovery Channel’s Treehugger.com.

Melissa King is the writer and photographer of her popular blog, My Whole Food Life, and her first book, DIY Nut Milks, Nut Butters & More. A vegetarian for 16 years, she went vegan and quit processed foods in 2012. She lives with her family in Dallas, Texas.

Melissa McLean Jory, MNT, is a nutrition therapist, with a degree in exercise science, and a certified yoga teacher, and has a personal interest and expertise in celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and holistic health. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, telemark skiing, and yoga as part of what she considers her “freedom from disease” way of living. She takes her wholesome gluten-free lifestyle on the road, on the trail, or into the mountains and has found there’s no reason you can’t live an active (even rather extreme) lifestyle once you learn the necessary steps to clean out your body, start yourself on a healing path, and regain your energy and well-being.

Meta Chaya Hirschl took her first yoga class in 1978. Years later, after working in business, teaching in academia, and writing software manuals, she was drawn back to yoga after developing severe asthma. Her passion for yoga eventually led her to open a studio and later establish the YogaNow Teacher Training Apprentice Program, a nationally accredited curriculum incorporating a variety of traditions and styles. She teaches and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Books: Vital Yoga

Michelle Brody, PhD, is an executive coach and clinical psychologist with over 20 years of professional experience as a practicing therapist and a specialist in resolving relational conflict. Her background also includes extensive experience in teaching, coaching, and scientific research. She has served for more than a decade as a senior trainer for psychologists and a business consultant, teaching others what will (and won’t) catalyze lasting change. Dr. Brody is the founder of Coaching for Couples, an innovative practice for couples seeking time-efficient change.

Michelle P. Maidenberg, PhD, MPH, LCSW-R, is the president and clinical director of Westchester Group Works and cofounder and clinical director of Thru My Eyes Foundation. She also maintains a private psychotherapy practice. Her cognitive-behavioral therapy program is used with children and teens at Camp Shane and with young adults and adults at Shane Diet and Fitness Resorts. She teaches at New York University and has been quoted in The New York Times, Fitness, Parenting, and more.

Mick O’Hare, New Scientist production editor and “Last Word” column editor, has edited the #1 international bestseller Does Anything Eat Wasps? and its many successor books in the Last Word series.

Mike Askew, PhD, is a Professor of Primary Education at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He was previously a Professor of Mathematics Education at King’s College, University of London, as well as a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at City College, City University New York. A former elementary school teacher, he now researches, speaks, and writes about teaching and learning primary mathematics. He is also a skilled magician.

Mike Parker Pearson is a professor at the University College London Institute of Archaeology and an internationally renowned expert in the archeology of death. The author of 16 books and over 100 academic papers, he led the Stonehenge Riverside Project from 2003 to 2009. He has appeared in the National Geographic Channel documentary Stonehenge Decoded and in the NOVA episode “Secrets of Stonehenge.”

Molly McDonald Peterson has been a professional photographer for more than ten years, from the mountains of Aspen to the Virginia Piedmont. As the former director of photography for two regional food publications that celebrate local and sustainable food and farmers, she was a two-time finalist for the American Society of Magazine Editors’ annual “Best Cover” award. Molly is known for her food and farm shoots, and has contributed to multiple cookbooks, which she finds amusing since she used to think pancakes came from a box. She lives with her husband Mike, a chef-turned-farmer, in Sperryville, Virginia, where they raise pasture-based livestock on nearly 600 acres of leased land at Heritage Hollow Farms.

Established in 1956, New Scientist is the fastest-growing and bestselling science magazine in the world, reaching over three million readers in print and digital. Its series of accessible popular science books, which debuted in 1994, has sold well over two million copies worldwide.

Nick Lomb was Curator of Astronomy at the Sydney Observatory for over thirty years (1979-2010). He continues to work as a consultant astronomer for the Sydney Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory. He is the author of the Australian Sky Guide, published annually by the Powerhouse Museum, as well as several books on astronomy including Astronomy for the Southern Sky (1986) and the catalogue produced for the Powerhouse Museum’s exhibition on the 2004 transit of Venus, Transit of Venus: The Scientific Event that Led Captain Cook to Australia (2004).

Nicola Lathey is a pediatric speech and language therapist specializing in children under five. Nicola has worked all over the world, including England, Australia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. She is the founder of the Owl Centre, a private speech and language therapy clinic for children. She lives in Oxford, England, with her husband and daughter. Tracey Blake is an experienced journalist and editor at the Daily Mail, where she writes the parenting blog Small Talk. She lives in Buckinghamshire, England, with her partner and their two children.

Books: Small Talk

Nikola Sellmair graduated from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and has worked in Hong Kong, Washington, D.C., Israel, and Palestine. She has been a reporter in Hamburg at Germany’s Stern magazine since 2000. Her work has received many awards, including the German-Polish Journalist Award, for the first-ever article about Jennifer Teege’s singular story.

Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH, is a Virginia pediatrician and founder of the nonprofit the Doctor Yum Project, the popular recipe and parenting website doctoryum.com. The first of its kind, her innovative new practice, Yum Pediatrics, features a teaching kitchen and instructional garden, along with hands-on learning curricula for families, making it a hot-spot for nutrition education and cooking instructions. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Nora Rosendahl, Nelli Lahteenmaki, and Aleksi Hoffman are co-founders of the wellbeing YOU-app. Nora, an engineer who previously worked for some of the world’s largest companies, is the editorial engine behind the micro-actions on the app and in this book. Nelli is an engineer, entrepreneur, and musician who previously worked in sales. Aleksi is an engineer and former competitive cyclist with a passion for behavioral change who steers the direction of the mobile app.

Patricia Roberts-Miller, PhD, is a Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Fanatical Schemes: Proslavery Rhetoric and the Tragedy of Consensus, Voices in the Wilderness: Public Discourse and the Paradox of Puritan Rhetoric, and Deliberate Conflict: Argument, Political Theory, and Composition Classes.

Patti Breitman is the director of the Marin Vegetarian Education Group and a cofounder of Dharma Voices for Animals. She is the coauthor, with Connie Hatch, of How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty and, with Carol J. Adams, of How to Eat Like a Vegetarian Even If You Never Want to Be One. Patti is on the advisory council of the Animals and Society Institute and grows vegetables in her community garden. She teaches seasonal vegan cooking classes in Marin County, California, where she lives.

Paul Brown has a BA in theater arts from Harpur College, Binghamton University. Over the years he has worked in theater (treasured every moment), a bit in television (not so much), and a stint in “celebrity journalism” (seemed like a good idea at the time). For the past fifteen years Paul has taught Special Education in Los Angeles. He met Tess Ayers several months before her wedding over two decades ago (then called a “commitment ceremony”). When the honeymoon was over, they collaborated on the first version of The Essential Guide to Gay and Lesbian Weddings. Currently, Paul is working on a vocabulary and reading comprehension program for students with learning differences. He has never been married himself but he sure knows how to plan a wedding.

Paul Hamburger, originally from New York City, is a recent transplant to sunny Los Angeles, where he works as a creative director. Growing up in the streets of Brooklyn, Paul was an accomplished player of stoopball. As a Mets fan, he is bitter and resentful toward the relative success of other local baseball organizations. He lives in the past, nostalgic for the glory days of the mid‑eighties.

Paul McGreevy, PhD, MRCVS, has worked with and studied animals professionally for more than 20 years. He is an associate professor at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, where his research focuses on the behavior and welfare of dogs and horses, and is the author of six books and more than 80 peer-reviewed articles on animal behavior. He is also the proud owner of three dogs: Wally, Neville, and Tinker.

Pete Magill has coached his running clubs to 19 masters national championships. He’s a five-time USA Masters Cross Country Runner of the Year and the fastest-ever American distance runner over age 50 in the 5K and 10K. He is also the lead author of Build Your Running Body. He lives in South Pasadena, California.

Peter Bronski is the coauthor of Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking and Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes and founder of the blog No Gluten, No Problem. Despite his celiac disease, he enjoys adventure sports, is a former Xterra off-road triathlon U.S. national championship competitor, and is currently an ultramarathoner.

Peter Doherty is Laureate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne. His pioneering research into human immune systems earned him the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1996, which he shared with Rolf M. Zinkernagel. The following year he was named Australian of the Year and awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AO). He divides his time between Melbourne and Memphis.

Dr. Peter Gibson is Professor of Gastroenterology at Monash University and the Alfred Hospital. He is a world-renowned expert gastroenterologist in areas including the low-FODMAP diet, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Peter Hellman, a New York–based journalist and author for more than 40 years, has been a contributor to Wine Spectator for more than a decade. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, and many others. His books include When Courage Was Stronger than Fear, Chief!, and Fifty Years After Kitty Genovese. He and his wife, Susan, live in New York City.

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Peter Hellman, a New York–based journalist and author for more than forty years, has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, the New York Post, and Wine Spectator, among many others. His books include Chief!, coauthored with Albert Seedman, The Auschwitz Album, and When Courage Was Stronger Than Fear. His travels as a writer have brought him as far as Bordeaux and Macau. He and his wife Susan call New York City home. Albert A. Seedman (1918–2013) was an NYPD deputy inspector overseeing four Queens detective squads when Kitty Genovese was murdered. An unlikely policeman when he first joined the force (he had been a certified public accountant), he ultimately rose through the ranks to become Chief of Detectives in New York City—at the helm of an investigative force second only to the FBI in size. A legend in his own time, he is remembered for his keen insights into the many high-profile cases that crossed his desk.

Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, also teaches environmental law at Columbia University Law School. Chief of the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s office for eight years, he created and led New York City’s environmental prosecution unit.

Peter Popham has been an foreign correspondent and commentator for The Independent for over twenty years, reporting from Albania, Mongolia, South Asia, and now Italy. He is also the author of Tokyo: The City at the End of the World. Married with two children, Popham currently lives and works in both Milan and England.

Philippa Sandall is editor of the University of Sydney Human Nutrition Unit’s GI News newsletter (http://ginews.blogspot.com), which has more than 120,000 subscribers worldwide. She is also coauthor, with Jennie Brand-Miller, of several books in the New York Times-bestselling New Glucose Revolution series. A longtime book editor, she now runs her own editorial consulting agency, Philippa Sandall Publishing Services, in New South Wales, Australia.

Rachel Meltzer Warren, MS, RDN is a writer and nutrition counselor working with teens and adults in New York and nearby. She is the author of The Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian and serves as a consultant for education programs like the Harlem Children’s Zone, where she develops and teaches classes on nutrition and wellness. She has contributed to Women’s Health, Shape, Vegetarian Times, Good Housekeeping, and more.

Rachel Sumner describes herself as a play-at-home mother of two. She previously worked as a children’s book rep, working with school libraries across Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. A former children’s book reviewer for the Marlborough Express, she currently reviews books for Australian Women’s Weekly. She lives in Auckland with her two wonderful girls and a ginger cat called Ginger.

Rachel Wilkerson Miller is a senior lifestyle editor at BuzzFeed. After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism, she worked at ELLE magazine. Her writing has appeared on the Hairpin, Huffington Post, the Knot, and A Practical Wedding, and she has been a guest on the Today show and Good Morning America. She lives in Brooklyn.

Rebecca Leffler is a writer and journalist who, after a career as the France correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter, has traded the red carpets of Paris for the green streets of New York, where she hosts events and offers branded entertainment services for wellness brands. Rebecca can be reached at her website, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Reuben Proctor, a vegan for almost 15 years, has done translation, consulting, and administrative work for vegan companies and animal rights organizations since 2004. He was born in New Zealand and now lives and works in Germany.

Husband and wife Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby are the chefs and owners of Vedge in Philadelphia. Landau has been at the fore of vegetarian dining since he opened Horizons Café in 1994. In 2009, he served the first-ever vegan dinner at the James Beard House. In 2012, he received Cooking Light’s Trailblazing Chef Award. Jacoby acts as pastry chef and manages Vedge’s unique cocktail program, which features housemade syrups and bitters. They live in their native Philadelphia.

Books: Vedge
Vedge

Rina Mae Acosta is a writer from California currently living in the Netherlands with her Dutch husband and two young sons. She founded the successful parenting blog Finding Dutchland.

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Rina Mae Acosta is a writer from California currently living in the Netherlands with her Dutch husband and two young sons. She founded the successful parenting blog Finding Dutchland. Michele Hutchison worked in publishing in Britain before moving to Amsterdam in 2004. She is now a prominent translator of Dutch literature and lives in a traditional Dutch house with her husband and two children.

Rob Eastaway has authored and coauthored several bestselling books that connect math with everyday life, including Why Do Buses Come in Threes? and How Many Socks Make a Pair? He is the director of Maths Inspiration, an interactive lecture program that has reached over 100,000 teenagers in England the last ten years.

Dr. Robert Moses is the director of metabolic themes at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, University of Wollongong. He is an internationally acknowledged authority on the topic of diabetes and pregnancy.

Rochelle Bilow is a food writer and a classically trained cook with a Grand Diplome in Classic Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute. As a staff writer at Bon Appétit, she interviews chefs and covers food trends and seasonal cooking. Her writing has also appeared in Edible Finger Lakes, USA Today, the Syracuse Post-Standard, Food Traveler, and others. She lives in Brooklyn.

Former model Rosemary Ferguson is a qualified naturopath who runs her own clinic on London’s Harley Street. She also writes for publications such as Harper’s Bazaar and Women’s Health (UK). Ferguson is one of the new breed of health-food champions who believe that what we put into our bodies should be both delicious and packed with goodness. She lives in the UK with her husband and three daughters.

Ruby Ashby Orr made espresso for seven years and was known to drink up to six short blacks in a shift. Since then she’s moderated her caffeine intake (a little) and now edits books in between coffee breaks.

Ruth Field is a trial attorney and passionate runner who, while pregnant and under doctor’s orders not to run, decided to write Get Off Your Ass and Run! as an outlet for her frustration. The Grit Doctor is what you’ve been missing in your life. You just didn’t know it until now.

Ruth Mitchener is a multi-award winning designer for Crown Equipment. She also works independently, specializing in book design, graphic design, illustration, photography, and product design. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Ruthie Fraser is a Structural Integration practitioner, yoga teacher, and movement guide. A graduate of the Guild for Structural Integration, Ruthie has been in private practice in New York City since 2007 and currently runs the Stack Your Bones Studio in Brooklyn. Ruthie has worked with hundreds of clients, blending Structural Integration with her developing movement methodology. She has trained extensively in yoga with many master teachers and has taught thousands of classes in the United States and abroad. She holds a degree in art and architecture history from Brown University. Ruthie is also a lifelong dancer, a long-time Iyengar Yoga student, and a budding Voice Dialogue facilitator. She lives in New York, splitting her time between Brooklyn and Hudson.

Sandi Toksvig, OBE, is an award-winning writer, presenter, actress, and politician. She is often seen and heard on the BBC, for which she has hosted numerous shows, including for nine years its long-running weekly satire The News Quiz. The author of more than twenty books and a regular columnist for the UK edition of Good Housekeeping, Toksvig is a “national treasure” (The Guardian). She was named Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth in 2012, and in March 2014 was awarded the prestigious title of OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). A true authority on successfully co-existing with others, Toksvig is now helping launch the Women’s Equality Party in the UK to campaign for women’s rights.

Sarah Samaan, MD, FACC, is a board-certified cardiologist at Legacy Heart Center in Plano, TX, and co-director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Institute at Baylor Heart Hospital. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and Texas Monthly magazine has consistently cited Dr. Samaan as a “Texas Super Doctor.” She has been quoted in Prevention, Shape, and Good Housekeeping. She lives outside Dallas, TX.

Scott Mansfield, a native Hoosier, moved to California in the 1970s for college, and stayed on for the people, climate, and lifestyle. He has been making wine, beer, cider, mead, and all manner of fermented beverages at home for the last fifteen years, incorporating local ingredients whenever possible. Always drawn to the outdoors, he also enjoys gardening and cooking.

Seth B. Darling received his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago, after which he was awarded the Glenn Seaborg Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. He is now a scientist in the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory and a fellow at the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. His research touches on many aspects of molecular science and engineering, with a particular focus on solar energy. Through well over a hundred public lectures, tours, and outreach events, he has honed his skills for communicating complex scientific concepts to non-scientists.

Douglas L. Sisterson is a senior manager at Argonne National Laboratory for the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility. The ARM program is the largest federally sponsored climate-change research program in the DOE, and the ARM facility provides the world’s most comprehensive 24/7 observational capabilities for obtaining atmospheric data specifically for climate-change research. He received the University of Chicago Distinguished Service Award for his work in 2010. He often lectures on a range of weather and climate topics in educational environments ranging from middle-school classrooms to scientific forums to TED talks. For his educational outreach efforts, he received the University of Chicago Pinnacle of Education Award in 2012.

Sharon Palmer, RDN, is a registered dietitian, editor of the award-winning health newsletter Environmental Nutrition, and a nationally recognized nutrition expert who has personally impacted thousands of people’s lives through her writing and clinical work. She lives outside of Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

Shonda Moralis, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in stress related disorders and mindfulness-based therapy. She writes the Psychology Today blog Breathe, Mama, Breathe and her own blog, where she draws from her experiences as a mother of two. Moralis has developed and taught mindfulness courses and workshops for children, parents, teachers, and students. She lives in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.

Simone Egger writes for The Age Good Food Guide and Epicure. She used to wait tables and, for seven years, worked with a charming 1960s, stainless steel Faema E61, brewing Italian coffee to deliver little doses of happiness.

Sophie la girafe was born in France on May 25, 1961. An undisputed star from the start, Sophie first made her way to America several decades ago, and has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years. The more than 30 million people worldwide who have purchased the teething toy help to make Sophie the most recognizable and beloved giraffe on earth.

Stefan Klein, PhD, a trained physicist, is a longtime and internationally acclaimed science writer and journalist. His many books include the #1 international bestseller The Science of Happiness and have been translated into twenty-five languages.

Stepfanie Romine is a writer, yoga teacher, and health coach who has lived and cooked on three continents. She lives in Flat Rock, North Carolina.

Sue Sanders is a writer whose essays have appeared in The New York Times, the Oregonian, Parents, Family Circle, and on Salon and Babble, among others. Her stories have been included in the anthologies Ask Me About My Divorce and Women Reinvented. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.

Sue Shepherd, PhD, is coauthor of The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet and author of The Low-FODMAP Diet Cookbook and The 2-Step Low-FODMAP Eating Plan. She is the director of Shepherd Works, Australia’s premier private dietetic practice specializing in dietary conditions. A dietitian and senior lecturer at La Trobe University (Melbourne), Dr. Shepherd is an invited speaker at national and international medical conferences and has authored over 20 medical journal papers. She is also the consultant dietitian for the Medical Advisory Committee to Coeliac Australia and is a Fellow of the Rome Foundation. She herself has celiac disease.

Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD, taught the largest course at Harvard, “Positive Psychology,” and the third largest, “The Psychology of Leadership,” attracting 1,400 students per semester— approximately 20 percent of all Harvard graduates. Ben-Shahar obtained his BA and PhD from Harvard, and for the last fifteen years has been teaching leadership, happiness, and mindfulness to audiences all over the world. His international bestsellers Happier and Being Happy have been translated into 25 languages.

Longtime vegan chef and entrepreneur Taymer Mason is the author of two cookbooks, a natural-hair enthusiast, and founder of her own line of natural health and beauty products. A bilingual globetrotter, Mason lives in her home country, Barbados.

Tess Ayers has worked in advertising and graphic design, written for game shows, and was a producer on a number of television talk shows. When she and her partner Jane Anderson decided to have a wedding ceremony in 1992, they were unable to find a proper guide for gays and lesbians, and The Essential Guide to Gay and Lesbian Weddings was conceived and born two years later. In the years since then Tess has been busy raising their son, now 17, and works on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations. Tess, Jane, and Raphael happily divide their time between Los Angeles and Marin County.

Thacher Hurd has received the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and the New York Times Best Illustrated Award. He cofounded Peaceable Kingdom Press in 1983.

Tom Schwartz runs the popular website The Run Zone, and is an exercise physiologist and coach.

Tonia Vojtkofsky, Psy.D., is the founder of Cognitive Care Solutions in Santa Ana and a clinical researcher at the University of California Irvine Institute for Memory Impairment and Neurological Disorders and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and a founding member of Women Against Alzheimer’s. She lives in Southern California.

Tracey Murkett is a freelance writer and journalist and a volunteer mother-to-mother breastfeeding helper. After following baby-led weaning with her own daughter, she wanted to help to spread the word about how enjoyable and stress-free mealtimes with babies and young children can be. She lives in London with her partner and their daughter.

Tristan Gooley is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Natural Navigator, The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs, and How to Read Water. His passion for the subject of natural navigation stems from his hands-on experience. He has led expeditions in five continents, climbed mountains in Europe, Africa, and Asia, sailed small boats across oceans, and piloted small aircraft to Africa and the Arctic. He is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed single-handedly across the Atlantic, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Royal Geographical Society. Prior to setting up The Natural Navigator school, Gooley gained extensive experience in the travel industry, and he is currently Vice Chairman of Trailfinders. He and his school can be found online at naturalnavigator.com.

Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, is coauthor of Vegan for Life and Vegan for Her and of the first textbook on vegetarian nutrition for medical professionals. She writes and speaks on vegan nutrition for both consumers and health professionals. Ginny serves on the advisory board of the Vegetarian Resource Group and on the board of directors of VegFund. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington, with her husband and an ever-changing population of rescued cats.

Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger, and Jessica Morris live in Tacotopia (Austin, TX). They introduced the Taco Cleanse at the 2013 Vegan Month of Food by eating tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 30 days. Veganmofo.com said, “It should come as no surprise that the newsworthy, tortilla-stockpiling Taco Cleanse . . . not only tops my own list of memories, but everyone else’s.”

William Martin has been a student of the Tao for 25 years. The author of numerous other Tao-inspired books, he conducts workshops and seminars at The Still Point Center for Taoist/Zen Practice, which he runs with his wife Nancy in Chico, California.