Marie Simmons is an award winning author, popular cooking teacher, and established food writer. Her recipes and articles have appeared in dozens of magazines, including Food & Wine, Cooking Light and Eating Well. For more than fifteen years she wrote a monthly column for Bon Appetit magazine and a weekly column for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. She currently writes a bimonthly column, Simmons Says, for the Contra Costa Times. Marie has written eighteen cookbooks, including two James Beard award winners and a Julia Child award winner. She has taught classes at cooking schools nationwide, and she has made numerous television and radio appearances. Marie has also served as the culinary programs manager at COPIA, the American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts. She lives in the Bay Area.