Marie Simmons is an award winning cookbook author, cooking teacher, and food writer. She has written or co-written 20 plus cookbooks. Marie’s latest cookbook is Taste of Honey: The Definitive Guide to Tasting and Cooking with 40 Varietals. She is currently writing, Whole World Vegetarian, to be published in 2015. Among her other books are Fresh & Fast Vegetarian: Recipes That Make a Meal, Things Cooks Love (for Sur La Table) nominated for a Julia Child Cookbook Award, Fig Heaven, Seventy Recipes for the World’s Most Luscious Fruit, The Good Egg winner of a James Beard Cookbook Award, Lighter, Quicker, Better (co-written with Richard Sax) winner of both the James Beard and Julia Child Cookbook Awards, and The Amazing World of Rice, the second of two cookbooks she has written on the subject. Marie wrote the ‘Cooking for Health’ column for Bon Appetit for 18 years and was a long time columnist for both the LA Times Syndicate and the Contra Costa Times. Marie and her husband, John, now live in the amazing community of Eugene, OR where they are the proud guardians of six hens, tend a small vegetable garden and are backyard beekeepers on their bee-friendly (pesticide-free) block.