Laurie Strickland is a kindergarten teacher in Tyler, Texas. Born in Dallas, Laurie's first job was cooking in one of her family's restaurants. She loves bringing up her son, reading, gardening, and living in the country. She also has a passion for traveling and has spent two summers in South America.
Raised in Nacogdoches, Texas, Elizabeth Dunn has taught at the University of Texas at Tyler, the University of Metz, France, and is currently an adjunct associate professor at U.T.-Austin. An avid environmentalist, frequent traveler, and free-lance writer, Elizabeth has retained her interest in traditional Southern cooking because of its emphasis on fresh garden ingredients, a protein-rich breakfast, and eating according to what's in season.