Lesley Chamberlain is a writer, linguist and traveller. Her acquaintance with Eastern Europe began with a year in Russia as a Reuter correspondent followed by independent travels. She has been a judge for the International Langhe Ceretto prize awarded to books on food and culture and is the author of a number of books. Catherine Atkinson earned a BSc (Hons) in Home Economics then worked in various hotels and restaurants including the Roux Brothers' famous patisseries. Her catering experience led to work in publishing and she became Deputy Cookery Editor on Woman's Weekly and later Me magazine. Catherine has written many cookbooks.