Shubhra Ramineni is a first generation Indian-American raised in Houston, TX. Shubhra grew up enjoying healthy, traditional food and she learned to cook from her mother, an excellent home cook and a professional dietitian. Determined to eat well despite her busy schedule s a chemical engineer with an MBA, Shubhra set out to adapt traditional Indian recipes for the lifestyles of today's professionals, creating dozens of delicious, easy-to-prepare Indian recipes. She teaches Indian cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table, and Whole Foods Market in Houston and Los Angeles. She is also a contributor to www.Greenista.com, a blog for fashionistas with a green conscience, in which she shares her recipes and ideas for a green eating lifestyle. Shubhra lives in Houston, TX with her husband, Naveen, and their baby, Jaya. More information about Shubhra is available at www.enticewithspice.com.
Masano Kawana won a James Beard Award for best cookbook photography for his book Shunju: New Japanese Cuisine. Masano is one of the most exciting food, interior and landscape photographers in Asia. Born in Japan and based in Singapore, Kawana has traveled, lived and surfed throughout the region, photographing a wide variety of subjects and lifestyle magazines.