Anita Chu, also known as pastrygirl, is the creator of Dessert First, an award-winning blog dedicated to all things sweet. Dessert First was nominated for Best Baking and Dessert Blog in Saveur’s First Annual Best Food Blog Awards in 2010. Her first cookbook, Field Guide to Cookies, was published in 2008 and her second cookbook, Field Guide to Candy, was published in 2009.
Stephanie S Shih is a food+travel photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her popular blog, desserts for breakfast, was a finalist in Saveur’s 2011 Best Food Blog Awards. Shih also daylights as a linguist, studying the way sounds pattern in natural language, poetry, and music.
When she is not working on poetry, Annelies Zijderveld can be found in her kitchen concocting an alchemy of food-poetry and dinner. She writes about poetry, food and art a la carte on La Vie en Route, is a contributing writer for Cook Local Bay Area and an avid fan of karaoke. She and her husband live in San Francisco.
Kamran Siddiqi is a 19-year-old food writer, recipe developer, web developer, and college student from New York City. He runs The Sophisticated Gourmet, a food site created in April of 2009. He is currently working on a cookbook with Chronicle Books.
Dan Jurafsky is professor of linguistics at Stanford University where he teaches computational linguistics and the linguistics of food. He is a MacArthur Fellow, the owner of a superb recipe for apricot strudel, and lives in San Francisco with his wife Janet. Jurafsky blogs at The Language of Food.
Rebecca L Starr is a linguist specializing in Asian languages and bilingual education. She and her husband Alan have served as unofficial tasters for the desserts for breakfast blog since 2010.
By day, Joy Kao works as a sales rep in the pharmeceutical industry, but by night, one of her true passions emerges: food. She is intrigued and fascinated by anything related to food. On weekends, she’s almost always in the kitchen testing out a new recipe she discovered on a food blog.
Mike Dimmel is an avid home cook and sometimes baker, who embarked on the eternal quest for that next best recipe long ago and has never looked back. In his spare time, Mike enjoys music, a bit of gardening, and travel—to anywhere the food is good.
Kate Shaughnessy is a San Francisco gal, currently working as an SEO strategist and social media consultant. When not Internetting, she's knitting, reading, drinking tea, or trying to do all three at once. Twitter: @sobanoodlekate
Jennifer Altman is a pastry chef and pastry instructor who has taught professional baking and pastry courses here in the Bay Area and internationally. With a degree in Food Science and microbiology, she is a self-described food nerd with a passion for making bread.