James Martin is one of Britain's favourite chefs. He wowed the country with his great desserts and cakes in the hugely popular BBC series Sweet Baby James, and also presents Saturday Kitchen on BBC1. He most recently co-presented the BBC's The Great British Village Show, which celebrated the traditional village fête. James won fame for quite a different talent when he reached the semi-finals of the 2005 series of Strictly Come Dancing. He is a consultant to P&O and has his own restaurants on the Ocean Village and Ocean Village Two cruise liners. He has also written several books including The Collection, Delicious!, Great British Dinners and Easy British Food.
Virgilio Martinez was the national skateboarding champion of Peru in the 1990s but, after an accident, decided to study law in Lima. During a holiday job, he discovered his passion for cooking, dropped out of university, and travelled to Canada and then London to become a Cordon Bleu graduate. After working for 10 years in Canada, Europe and Asia he became head chef of Gastón Acurio's restaurant in Bogota. Returning home, he opened his own restaurant, Central, in the Peruvian capital in 2010, recently voted the number one best restaurant by Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants list and 4th position in The World's 50 Best Restaurants ranking. The 37-year-old chef also has two restaurants in London - LIMA and LIMA Floral - celebrating informal modern Peruvian cooking. LIMA is the UK's first and only Peruvian restaurant to be given a Michelin star. Martinez also runs Mater Initiativa - a foundation for research into, and protection of, Peruvian food culture. www.centralrestaurante.com.pe http://www.limalondon.com/
Christopher Masters is a London-based writer and lecturer on art. He contributes to The Guardian newspaper, and is the author of a number of books on art, as well as numerous articles for periodicals and reference works.
Francisca Mattéoli is a truly international author: born of a Scottish mother, she grew up in South America with Chilean nationality. She now resides in Paris where she is a respected travel writer: her shorter pieces have been published in a wide variety of magazines, including National Geographic and Condé Nast Traveller, and her previous books (including Hotel Stories and World Tour: Vintage Hotel Labels from the Collection of Gaston-Louis Vuitton) have been translated into many languages.
Simon Maughan studied Plant Science at the University of Edinburgh, and has spent 25 years furthering his knowledge and developing a love of practical gardening and plants. He was employed in 1995 to work on the RHS A-Z of Garden Plants and has worked on many dozens of gardening books, covering all aspects of the subject from species rhododendrons to garden design. He has worked as an editor and publisher for the RHS for over 12 years.
Born and raised in Milan, Mauro Mazzara started drawing at the age of two... and he hasn't stopped! He attended the Arte & Messaggio Illustration school in Milan before studying painting at the Brea Art Academy. He now works as a freelance illustrator for the fashion, publishing, and advertising industries.
The exquisite illustrations of Australian-born Elisa Mazzone have enchanted audiences throughout the world, featuring in numerous exhibitions and magazines. Her clients include Harper's Bazaar, Jimmy Choo, L'Oreal, Company, Madison, Yen, Free People, Mambo, Amazon and Style.com.
This versatile collection of 360 recipes is perfect for the busy cook. In this innovative book, you can dial the basic recipe up or down to suit the amount of time you have. Just choose the version that suits you.If you are pressed for time, then the 10-minute option gives you clever short cuts.A few more minutes to spare? Using the 20-minute version, your meal will be on the table in 20 minutes or fewer.Have the time to spend a little longer to add something special? The 30-minute variation is the one you need.Whether you are cooking for hungry kids or feeding a crowd for dinner, the Hamlyn QuickCook series puts you in the driving seat with a fantastically flexible approach that allows you to cook just what you want, in exactly the time you have available.
Donnachadh McCarthy is an environmental auditor for small and medium-sized businesses and organizations and a green lifestyle coach. He appears frequently on radio and TV, having appeared on both the BBC's 'It's Not Easy Being Green' program and ITV's 'How Green is Your House'. His first book Saving the Planet Without Costing the Earth was published in 2004. His two-up, two-down terrace house in Peckham, south London has solar heating, photovoltaic electricity, a catalytic converter gas fire and a rain harvester and windmill.
Helen McCarthy is one of the west's most distinguished manga experts. The Harvey-award-winning biographer of Osamu Tezuka, she is regularly interviewed in the mass media about manga, has curated a Tezuka exhibition at London's Barbican Centre, and the ultimate compliment has seen her work translated back into Japanese.
Linda McDonald-Brown is a highly experienced pig keeper and runs her own company producing pig arcs. She keeps and farrows a wide range of traditional and rare breeds as well as teaching one-day courses on how to get started with pigs.
Allegra McEvedy has been cooking professionally for 20 years, working her way through a clutch of London's best restaurants before becoming more known for her work as a cookery writer for the Guardian as G2's Chef in Residence. In 2003, Allegra co-founded LEON, the award-winning, healthy, fast-food restaurant group, which currently has 11 restaurants serving over 70,000 people a week.In the summer of 2009, Allegra co-presented Economy Gastronomy, a six-part BBC prime-time series about spending less and using ingredients wisely. She is a Fellow of the RSA, a Spokesperson for The Fairtrade Foundation, and has written four bestselling books: The Good Cook (2000), Allegra McEvedy's Colour Cookbook (2006), LEON: Ingredients & Recipes (2008) and Economy Gastronomy (2009). In 2008 she was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.
Norma McGough is a state registered dietician who was the nutritionist for Diabetes UK for a number of years before moving into freelance work. Location: Aylesbury, Bucks.
Bill McGuire is the Director of the Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre, University College London (UCL).
Andrea McHugh is a freelance pet author and cat lover. She has written and contributed to several books including Dancing with Dogs and How to have a Happy Cat.
Anne McIntyre is a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and has been practising herbal medicine for over 25 years. She has studied Ayurveda for over 20 years and has incorporated its wisdom into her herbal practice. She teaches Ayurvedic medicine, gynaecology, obstetrics and paediatrics, and lectures extensively on herbal medicine and Ayurveda in the UK, USA and Europe. Her other titles include Drugs in Pots, The Complete Herbal Tutor, The Top 100 Herbal Remedies, The Good Health Garden and The Complete Woman's Herbal.
Angela Mckay is a surface pattern designer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. Originally hailing from the sunny shores of Australia and the humid tropics of Thailand, she brings her unique illustrations together to create a fun and diverse range for her illustration company, Ohkii Studio. Angela draws her inspiration from many places including the natural world, overseas travel adventures, folk tales and old murder mystery novels. Her work is defined by its handmade qualities - all pieces are drawn and painted by hand before being screen or digitally printed.
Eleanor McKenzie divides her time between England and Spain. She is the author of a number of books, including Thai Massage, Healing Reiki, Chi Kung and Thai Bodywork.
Stephanie Mehanna runs the Canine Cookie Company, the UK's premier bakery for dogs and her delicious doggy treats regularly grace celebrity dog bowls across the UK.
Zoë Mellor is one of the UK's best known children's knitwear designers. She has worked for Kaffe Fassett and regularly designs for Rowan - one of the leading yarn manufacturers.