Laura C. Martin is the author of 24 books, the latest of which is the Green Market Baking Book (Sterling, January 2011). In this book, which she also illustrated, Laura combines her enthusiasm for healthy organic eating with her love of baking to offer 100 recipes for delectable, healthy, sweet, and savory treats. Laura has been passionate about creating, crafting, gardening, and cooking and has been actively involved in writing, lecturing, and teaching on these subjects for almost three decades. Her books and awards include Nature’s Art Box (winner of the 2004 Parents’ Choice Award), The History of Southern Gardens (winner of the Garden Writers of America 1994), The Art and Craft of Pounding Flowers, Fairy Island and Handmade Gifts from a County Garden. In 2009, Laura started a business called Ties That Matter, which uses recycled neckties to make one-of-a-kind fashion accessories. The business employs women-in-need to do the sewing, and gives back 10 percent of profits to help the homeless in her community.