Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who make it. She hosts the popular weekly radio show Louisiana Eats! Her classical training and love of New Orleans cuisine has been recognized globally through her participation in various documentary projects, and she competed on Throwdown with Bobby Flay, where her seafood gumbo was deemed better than his. The International Association of Cooking Professionals recognized Tooker with their first Community Service Award, and Southern Living magazine named her a Hero of the New South. A writer for many publications, Tooker informs readers on the importance of reviving foods that are pivotal to the Louisiana and New Orleans culture. Her previous book Louisiana Eats!: The People, the Food, and Their Stories, a companion to her radio show, received the Literary Award of the Year in 2014 from the Louisiana Library Association. Tooker lives and cooks in New Orleans.
David G. Spielman is a well-known photographer and writer who has lived and worked in New Orleans since the 1970s. His long and successful career has included photograph shoots on six of the seven continents. Two recent projects of major significance include a collection of southern authors photographed in their workspaces and a collection of photographs of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Spielman continues to make New Orleans home.