Beth Hensperger’s career as a prolific food writer and educator began when she was named guest cooking instructor for the March 1985 issue of Bon Appétit. She has gone on to author more than twenty cookbooks, including the best-selling Not Your Mother’s® series. Her other cookbooks from The Harvard Common Press are The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook and The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook. She is also the author of The Bread Bible, winner of a James Beard Book Award, and has been nominated twice for an IACP Cookbook Award.
Hensperger writes a food column, “Baking with the Seasons,” for the San Jose Mercury News, and she is a contributor to dozens of national and online cooking and lifestyle magazines. An East Coast transplant who now considers herself a true Californian, Hensperger lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Julie Kaufmann, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has lived in California since 1979. She is the food editor of the San Jose Mercury News, which has twice been nominated for a James Beard Award in newspaper journalism. Before becoming the paper’s food editor, she wrote “Kids in the Kitchen,” a twice-monthly food column for kids. Kaufmann is an avid home cook who lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and two children.
Faith Durand is the managing editor of The Kitchn, the cooking section of ApartmentTherapy.com, an acclaimed lifestyle website and online community. Not Your Mother’s Casseroles is her first book. She is an avid home cook, gardener, and lover of dinner parties. Durand lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband.
Durand grew up in a busy household of eight children and the casserole, disguised under various aliases, was central to her mother’s culinary repertoire. After all, there was no easier way to feed so many mouths! Today, Durand, a well-regarded cook herself, has set out to redefine the casserole. With modern tools and techniques, she has built fresh ingredients and favorite flavors into the classic convenience of the baked one-dish meal.
Hallie Harron, one of the foremost French cooking authorities, spends half of each year in France, conducting food and wine tours to Paris and Provence through her Maison Mollans programs. As a former culinary school instructor, Harron has written for and been featured in magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Cooking Pleasures, Phoenix Magazine, and Phoenix Home and Garden. She is the author of Not Your Mother’s Fondue, Cheese Hors d’Oeuvres, the co-author, with Shelley Sikora, of Tomatoes and Mozzarella, and has 15 additional cookbooks and one James Beard Award nomination under her belt, and has contributed to many other books.
Harron has owned and operated several restaurants, hotels, and catering operations across the country and continues to consult for many restaurant chains and hotels in the United States. She earned renown in the Phoenix area when she opened the award-winning Quiessence restaurant several years ago.
Harron holds a degree in music from the University of California and attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco as well as La Varenne and Lenôtre in Paris. She was part of the Great Chefs of France Cooking School staff at Mondavi Vineyards and worked in the three-star kitchens of Paul Bocuse, Roger Verge, the Troisgros Brothers, and Michel Guerard in France. She has also worked with many TV chefs, such as Julia Child, Emeril Lagasse, Jacques Pépin, Martin Yan, Sara Moulton, and Tyler Florence. When not in France, Harron lives in Encinitas, California.