Alain Coumont founded Le Pain Quotidien and currently serves as the Company's Chief Creative Officer. In this role, he remains the driving force behind the brand's dedication to organic ingredients. Prior to founding Le Pain Quotidien, Alain worked with a number of highly regarded chefs including Michel Guèrard, Georges Blanc and Joel Robuchon. He lives with his family in Montpellier, France.
Eleonora Galasso's Instagram formula is a unique mix of food and lifestyle in motion, which has won the hearts of over 45k loyal followers. The rule? Food happiness. No one can resist it.Eleonora zigzags between Rome and Paris, and has opened the door to secret locations in the historical centres of both cities, where she organizes cooking workshops and themed events. She runs clandestine pop-up restaurants in the least expected places, consults for major international brands and adores visiting local producers and reporting about it on her blog.www.eleonoragalasso.com/blogAs a young girl, Eleonora was forbidden from entering her grandmother's kitchen, but she was allowed to taste the linguine to make sure they were 'al dente'. As is often the case in life, an obstacle turned a young girl's curiosity into a hobby and then a career. In her family home she found a dusty old handwritten recipe book and started playing with the ingredients to make her dinner parties creative and exciting. She went on to train at the Ateneo Italiano della Cucina in Rome and has a Masters in Gastronomy and Food Culture. Her career as a journalist has taken her around the world: whether London, Paris, New York, Sao Paulo or Istanbul.
Ann-Marie Gallagher is a Witch and a Senior Lecturer in Equality and Diversity at the University of Central Lancashire, a political activist and historian. She is the author of several books on magic, witchcraft and spirituality including The Spells Bible, also published by Godsfield Press.
Conrad Gamble is a writer and performance poet. He has been commissioned to write poetry for 'The Book of Everyone' as well as 'Suitcase Magazine' amongst others. He has performed for Secret Cinema and at various festivals, and also curates a monthly poetry night, Ear Smoke, in Hackney, London. To see more from Conrad Gamble, Visit For-the-love.com and conradgamble.com
Textiles expert Lucinda Ganderton is a craft author, designer and broadcaster. Her previous books include: Stitch Dictionary, Bridal Crafts, The Country Living Book of Soft Furnishings, Romantic Keepsakes and The Complete Guide to Needlecraft. She has also authored Instant Expert Beading for Spruce.
R. J. Garner
Robert John Garner was born in Fulbourn, Cambridge, in 1907. A scientist at the former East Malling Research Station from 1926 until 1972, he became an international authority on the vegetative propagation of woody plants. He was awarded an honourary MSc from the University of Reading in 1951 and the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the art, science and practice of horticulture in 1980. Former President of the Horticultural Education Association and the Great Britain & Ireland region of the International Plant Propagators Society, and author of The Grafter's Handbook (1947) and The Propagation of Tropical Fruit Trees (1976), he also wrote numerous research papers for technical journals including The Journal of Horticultural Science and CAB's Technical Communications series published by the Imperial Bureau of Horticulture and Plantation Crops. After his death in 1993, East Malling Research Station opened the Robert Garner Laboratory in remembrance of his life's work.
Jane Garton is an accomplished author, having written, edited and co-edited a wide range of publications over the past 20 years. Her work has appeared in: New Woman, The Health Store Magazine, Lifeline (Great Ormand Street magazine), HFEA Guide, Tesco Healthy Living and Pink Ribbon magazine. Her previous titles for Spruce include Happy - 100 tips to Feel Great, A Thousand Paths to Hope and Things to Do Now That You're Retired.
Chris Gatcum has lived and breathed photography for over two decades, working as a pro photographer, journalist, specialist magazine and book editor, and best-selling author. A passionate advocate of experimental digital and traditional photography, he is as comfortable conducting technical camera tests as he is demystifying the art of photography for the rest of us.
Stefan Gates is a food adventurer and award-winning writer and broadcaster. He presents 'E Numbers: An Edible Adventure' on BBC2 and wrote and presented the highly acclaimed 'Cooking in the Danger Zone' (BBC2), 'Feasts' (BBC4), 'Full On Food' (BBC2) and the children's series 'Gastronuts' (BBC1 and CBBC) and is a regular panellist and guest on numerous radio and TV shows. He's been nominated for three Guild of Food Writers awards, and Gastronaut won the Gourmand World Cookbook award for best food literature book. When he's not eating and travelling he spends his time exploring the history, science, drama, religion and symbolism of the food that we eat. He lives in London with his long-suffering wife and his two daughters, who have very odd taste in food indeed.
Madonna Gauding has been a student of Buddhism for over 12 years and is a practitioner of martial arts. She is the author of The Meditation Bible, World Mandalas, Six Keys to Buddhist Living and Working with Meditation. Location: St Louis, Missouri, USA.
Diarmuid Gavin owns his own garden design business, designing and creating bespoke gardens for both private and commercial clients. He won 2 Gold medals at the Royal Dublin Society and subsequently exhibited at RHS Chelsea 3 times, winning Silver Gilt in 2004 for his Contemporary Suburban Garden.He has been a regular face on television since the pioneering series Home Front with Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen in the late 1990s; a regular slot with Alan Titchmarsh presenting Chelsea and many hit series in his native Ireland. Most recently he has starred to huge acclaim in Rich, Famous and Unemployed and in 71 Degrees North. Diarmuid has written 6 books on garden design including two with Sir Terence Conran.
From a background in teaching, Abigail Steel has become a respected expert in the field of Synthetic Phonics and a regular contributor to educational publications. Her successful education consultancy supports parents and teachers in the promotion of literacy skills. She is a passionate advocate of Synthetic Phonics:"Synthetic Phonics is an incredibly powerful tool, enabling huge leaps in early years' literacy. Built upon these principles, I Love Reading Phonics helps children read and spell more confidently and more efficiently. The results are amazing!" - Abigail Steel.
Rosemary George is a Master of Wine and one of the UKs mostrespected wine writers. She is the author of many wine booksincluding the award-winning The Wines of Chablis and the Yonne, andThe Wines of New Zealand which is also part of this series. She is thechairman of the Circle of Wine Writers,was one of the first womento pass the MW exam, and is a regular contributor to wine magazinesin the UK and the USA. Rosemary lives in London.
Tonia George trained as a chef at Leith's School of Food and Wine and spent four years working for various magazines before becoming Food Editor of Essentials. She now works freelance, writing and styling food for books and many leading magazines, including BBC Good Food, Livingetc, Olive and Ideal Home. Tonia has travelled extensively, eating her way around Europe, Asia, and Australia. She currently lives in London, but has also lived in Rome and Sydney.
A chef, food writer and cookery teacher, Sabrina Ghayour is one of the strongest voices in Middle Eastern food today. Past collaborations include the 'Passage to Persia' pop-up with Anna Hansen at The Modern Pantry with guest chefs Ben Spalding, Omar Allibhoy, Alexis Gauthier and Tim Anderson, Oliver Peyton's 'Friday Night Socials' at The National Gallery and a pop-up at Grain Store with chef Bruno Loubet.With regular appearances at the BBC Good Food Show, Taste London and more, her work has featured in The Times, The Sunday Times, the Evening Standard, the Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, delicious. magazine, Waitrose Food magazine, Sainsbury's Magazine and BBC Good Food magazine. She has also appeared on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen, BBC2's Great British Menu and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch.Sabrina's debut first cookbook, Persiana, was awarded 'Best New Cookbook' at the Observer Food Monthly awards 2014 and 'Book of the Year' at the 2015 Food & Travel Awards. Her follow up, Sirocco, debuted at no. 1 and was a Sunday Times bestseller.Connect with Sabrina at www.sabrinaghayour.com Twitter @SabrinaGhayourInstagram @SabrinaGhayour
Dr Gian Gonzaga
Dr Gian Gonzaga, Ph.D, is an expert in the field of relationships, emotions and health psychology. In his work for eHarmony, Dr Gonzaga is researching initial attraction and directing one of the largest and most comprehensive studies of marriage to date. Prior to joining eHarmony Dr Gonzaga worked with world-renowned marriage researcher Dr Thomas Bradbury at the University of California, Los Angeles. There he researched the factors that led to marital success as part of an 11-year study of married couples. He has taught, presented and published extensively on topics relating to relationships, love and health, and has received numerous honours and awards for his work, including the prestigious National Science foundation minority Predoctoral Fellowship and Psi Chi National Undergraduate Research Competition.
Piers Gibbon studied Human Sciences at Oxford University (Social Anthropology, Human Ecology, Demography). His final year thesis on Plant Use in Tribal Societies became the basis for an hour-long documentary on Channel Four - Jungle Trip. This followed him on a journey from Kew Gardens (where there is already a plant with his name on the label) to the Amazon to study the ayahuasca ceremony with mestizo shamans around Iquitos and Pucallpa. He also stayed with the Matses tribe where he was put through an ordeal with frog poison and took part in a blowgun competition. He has given lectures on his experiences in the Amazon to the London School of Economics, Bath University and ethnobotanical conferences in Australia and Belgium. He has also presented a six-part TV series on historical food and written and narrated over two hundred hours of science, natural history and adventure documentaries for broadcasters worldwide including the BBC, Discovery, Animal Planet and National Geographic. He presented a TV documentary, titled 'Headhunters of the Amazon', about the headshrinking traditions of the Shuar people of Ecuador, which was aired on Channel Five in May 2009, and then the National Geographic worldwide. He has been Sony nominated for his radio interview work and is also a regular moderator at conferences worldwide.
Bob Gibbons has been actively involved in the field of natural history for many years. He worked for the Nature Conservancy Council for seven years before becoming a freelance writer and photographer, specializing in wildlife and travel. He has travelled extensively in Europe while studying wild flowers, and now leads wildlife tours to many regions of Europe.
The late Michael Gienger studied crystal healing for more than 30 years. The author of numerous publications, he has gained a worldwide reputation as an expert on crystal healing.
Clive Gifford is a World Cup winning footballer ... in his dreams! Clive was captain of his school team and can still take a mean, curling free kick, but he is an award-winning author who has written over 100 books, many on football for young people. Clive has watched matches all over the world, from crucial World Cup qualifiers in Chile and Mexico, to a casual kick-about on a seriously sloping pitch on the side of amountain in Nepal. He lives in Manchester with his pet cat, Reg, and supports Queens Park Rangers - well, someone has to!