Rozanne Gold, who began her career at age 23 as first chef to New York Mayor Ed Koch, is a four-time James Beard award-winning chef and international restaurant consultant. Alongside legendary restaurateur Joe Baum, she helped create three of New York’s iconic dining destinations, including the Rainbow Room, Windows on the World, and the Hudson River Club. She is the author of thirteen acclaimed cookbooks, including the revolutionary 1-2-3 cookbook series; Little Meals; Eat Fresh Food; and Radically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease, which was named one of the “year’s best” by the New York Times and chosen as one of the most important cookbooks of the last 25 years by Cooking Light magazine. Ms. Gold was the entertaining columnist for Bon Appetit, and has written features for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Oprah, and Gourmet. A frequent guest on National Public Radio, she writes a monthly column for Cooking Light and a weekly blog for the Huffington Post. Recently, Ms. Gold purchased Gourmet magazine’s extensive cookbook library and donated it to New York University in honor of her mother. A graduate of Tufts University in psychology and education, Ms. Gold is past President of Les Dames d’Escoffier, New York, and sits on the Board of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. Currently, Ms. Gold is running a satellite kitchen for victims of Hurricane Sandy where more than 36,000 meals have been prepared.

Andrew F. Smith teaches food history, food controversies and professional food writing at the New School in New York City. He is the author or editor of twenty-three books, including his latest works, American Tuna: The Rise and Fall of an Improbable Food (University of California Press) and Drinking History: 15 Turning Points in the Making of American Beverages (Columbia University Press). He serves as the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia on Food and Drink in America and is the Series Editor for the Edible Series published by Reaktion Books. He has written more than three hundred articles in academic journals, popular magazines and newspapers, and has served as historical consultant to several television series. For more about him, visit his website: