Harumi Kurihara's cooking, lifestyle books and magazines have made the charismatic former housewife a phenomenon in her native Japan and she has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. She currently has more than 60 shops and cafés in Japan that sell her homeware, cookware and clothing ranges. Her success is rooted in her effortless, down-to-earth and unpretentious approach to stylish living and eating, which follows a philosophy of elegance and simplicity. Harumi's own inspiration derives from her traditional upbringing in a big family in central Japan. Later, as a full-time housewife and mother, married to Reiji Kurihara, a former TV anchorman, she found her talent to create delicious, simple to prepare, fashionable meals, without great expense. This skill, combined with her eye for simple, beautiful and practical home decoration has made her the most celebrated lifestyle authority in Japan.
Ellen Kunes is the Editor in Chief of Health magazine and the Editorial Director of Health.com, the premier healthy lifestyle brand, with more than 14 million readers. She was the founding editor of O, The Oprah Magazine, and is the author of Live Well - Or Even Better - on Less.
Robert Kovach is Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University, California; his previous titles include Earth's Fury: An Introduction to Natural Hazards and Disasters.
Pierre Koffmann has been at the heart of fine cuisine in Britain for over 40 years. After working as a young chef in Strasbourg and Toulon, Koffmann arrived in London in 1970 to work under Michel and Albert Roux at Le Gavroche. In 1972 he was made the first head chef of the Roux brothers' new venture, the Waterside Inn at Bray. When Pierre opened La Tante Claire in 1977, it was the start of a residency at the top of the London culinary world that would span four decades. Within six years of opening, La Tante Claire had its third Michelin star, setting new standards for cooking and creating extraordinary dishes from classically simple ingredients, while also serving as an academy for many of today's culinary superstars. Between them his various protégés, from Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay to Tom Kitchin and Jason Atherton, now boast over 20 Michelin stars in their own right. He retired in 2003, but following a sell-out of his critically hailed pop-up at Selfridges in 2009, he returned to the kitchen once more. His acclaimed, informal restaurant, Koffmann's at The Berkeley, serves classic provincial French cooking - the food of his grandparents' farmhouse kitchen. Find out more about Pierre Koffmann at www.pierrekoffmann.co.uk.
Michele Knight is a renowned astrologer and clairvoyant and is devoted to exploring these areas through her writing, workshops and one-to-one readings. She is a well-respected journalist and broadcaster and appears frequently on television as astrologer for the celebrity fraternity. She has a very successful website through which she conducts psychic readings. An in-house astrologer for Look magazine and has written for The Independent, Time Out, Marie Claire and Vogue.
Nancy created and pioneered the development of The Thinking Environment and is Founder and President of Time To Think. A published author and public speaker, she also teaches Time To Think courses, leads the Time To Think Faculty and delivers keynote presentations around the world.Time To Think began in 1984 and grew out of Nancy's consulting and teaching work near Washington, DC, where she had served as a Founding Director of The Thornton Friends School for twelve years and as Director of The Leadership Institute for six years. She is a Fellow of Ashridge Management College, UK, and the International Listening Association's Listener of the Year 2010.Nancy was born and raised in New Mexico and lives in England with her husband, Christopher Spence.
Best-known as co-presenter of BBC TV's "Gardeners' World", Carol Klein is an internationally renowned gardener. Marchester-born Carol moved to Devon in the late 1970s with her two daughters. She started propagating plants because she couldn't afford to buy the ones she wanted for her own garden. Friends suggested she sell the spares, so Carol opened a stall in the local market, and eventually she opened her own nursery which is now a thriving business. Carol has designed four commercial show gardens at Chelsea, won five Cheslsea gold medals. Carol has presented several gardening shows since her television debut on Gardeners' World in 1989, including Garden Party, Wild About the Garden and Real Gardens. Carol also writes regularly for Gardeners World magazine, House & Garden and is a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph Gardening section.
Orla Kiely is the visionary and founder of a global brand. An expert on print and colour, she has created a world that is renowned for its individual voice and unique perspective on both fashion and homeware. Her flagship store in London's Covent Garden is the epicentre of a global business that has won four prestigious UK Fashion Export Awards. Her work is presented at London Fashion Week, and extends into luggage, stationery, gardening and homeware. The Orla Kiely design studio has collaborated with leading brands such as Heal's, Clarks, Apple and Uniqlo.
Geoffrey Kibby is an experienced mycologist and Editor of Field Mycology, the journal of the British Mycological Society.
Selin Kiazim developed her love of cooking at an early age, and her food takes inspiration from her Turkish-Cypriot heritage, focused around communal eating. Selin has worked for acclaimed chef Peter Gordon at The Providores in London Marylebone, later becoming head chef at Kopapa, before taking up residency at Trip Kitchen. She opened Oklava with her business partner Laura Christie in London's Shoreditch in November 2015.Connect with Selin on Twitter @selinkiazim and at www.selinkiazim.comFind out more about Oklava at instagram.com/oklava_ldn, on Twitter @OKLAVA_LDN and at www.oklava.co.uk
An avid bike enthusiast since the days when he shared his child seat with the weekly groceries, Guy Kesteven brings an effervescent passion for pedalling and an encyclopaedic knowledge of cycling technology to this book. Wokring in the bike trade for twenty-four years, and as a professional mountain, road and triathlon bike tester for the past seventeen years, he has personally ridden and reviewed hundreds of the bikes selected for this book. This gives him a unique insight into the history, significance and individual characters of the amazing machines that are featured.
Graeme Kent is the author of numerous novels, gift books, and radio and television scripts. His books include 50 Ways to say I Love You and 50 Ways to Say Happy Birthday.
Paul Kelly is an award winning film maker (director of Finisterre and This Is Tomorrow) and designer. He is taking all the photographs in this book. He lives in London.
Martin Kelly is the joint MD of highly acclaimed British independent record label Heavenly Recordings home of the Magic Numbers, Doves and Cherry Ghost.
Louise Keet has practiced reflexology for over ten years. In that time, she has personally trained hundreds of reflexologists from around the globe. Her work has appeared in Time Out, the Guardian and Vogue. She is currently principal of the London School of Reflexology.
Kirsten Kearney has been a games journalist for a decade. She began her career as a researcher and producer in broadcasting at the BBC. She is the author of an eBook for Gameleon on freelance games journalism and was section editor for Guinness World Records: Gamers Edition for two years. Kirsten owns and runs the games media website www.ready-up.net, which has been nominated for a Games Media award four years running. Having written a variety of in-depth pieces on various game genres and specific series and franchises over the last 10 years, Kirsten has a particular interest in Minecraft. She has given radio interviews on the subject and runs a children's Minecraft server whose world is impressive enough to have had a fly-through of it screened in a cinema.
Wendy Kavanagh was director of the London College of Massage for ten years. She has written articles for a number of leading newspapers and is the editor of Massage World Magazine, a journal for massage therapists. Wendy works with the board of the General Council for Massage Therapy in the UK, advising on massage training and professional standards.
Kyra Karmiloff, MsC, a research psychologist, has been the main editor and writer for Pampers.com parenting website. Dr Annette Karmiloff-Smith PhD is a professorial research fellow at the Developmental Neurocognition Lab at Birkbeck, University of London. Together they have created a number of works on infant development.
Dr Annette Karmiloff-Smith PhD, is Professor of Psychology at University College, London. She is Senior Research Scientist at the Medical Research Council's Cognitive Development Unit in London, researching various aspects of infant and child development. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes, and acted as scientific consultant to the award-winning television series Baby It's You, for which, in collaboration with her daughter, Kyra Karmiloff, she wrote the accompanying best selling book. Other publications include A Functional Approach to Child Language (CUP), Beyond Modularity: A Developmental Perspective on Cognitive Science (MIT Press)
Haje Jan Kamps
Haje Jan Kamps set up his first photo website at the age of 16 and is now one of the world's best-read photography bloggers; his site photocritic.org has thousands of visitors every day. Shooting with any camera he can, including his smartphone, he has built a successful freelance career, and written books for serious professionals and hobbyists alike, including bestseller 'The Rules of Photography & When To Break Them'. He has also founded a photography technology company, Triggertrap, which sells smart remote releases.