Peggy Katalinich, food director of Family Circle, began covering food and nutrition issues in 1974, first as the food editor of the Minneapolis Star and later as food editor of Long Island’s Newsday. In 1994, she was appointed food editor of Family Circle, the world’s largest-selling women’s magazine with a circulation of 4.6 million, overseeing the staff that creates and triple-tests hundreds of recipes each year in the magazine’s kitchens. She has edited three cookbooks for Family Circle: All-time Favorite Recipes, Quick & Easy Recipes, and Best-Ever Cakes & Cookies. Her column, “Cooking Know-How,” advises cooks on contemporary topics from meals in minutes to vegetarianism and suggests the best from new products, gadgets, and food. She also wrote Foods of Long Island (Abrams), a collection of regional recipes that was named “Best Regional Cookbook” in 1986 by the IACP. In 1997, she was named food editor of year by the James Beard Foundation.
Susan McQuillan, M.S., R.D., author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Losing Weight, is a food and nutrition consultant in New York City. She is a former senior editor for American Health magazine and Reader’s Digest cookbooks (and former Family Circle “foodie”). Her articles and recipes have appeared in Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Cooking Light, Prevention, Fitness, Women’s Sports & Fitness, Parenting, BabyTalk, and Shape Cooks magazines, and on Lifetimetv.com and Clubmom.com web sites. She has co-authored two low-fat cookbooks and made several national television appearances to discuss nutrition and weight control.