Alicia Woodward

Alicia Woodward, LCSW, is editor-in-chief of Living Without magazine, the nation’s leading food, health, and lifestyle magazine for people with allergies and food sensitivities, including those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Alicia has been with the magazine since its inception, serving as editor of the premier issue in 1998. Now in its 13th year of publication, Living Without’s mission is to help readers live well–and thrive–on their special diets.

Alicia has been a journalist and professional writer for many years. A former hospice therapist, she is a licensed psychotherapist who specialized in the psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of living with chronic medical conditions, including celiac disease and food allergies and sensitivities.




Alyson Outen


Alyson Outen is a farm girl trapped in a city girl career. A two-time Emmy Award-winning reporter, Alyson spent 20 years in the hustle and bustle of television news. Alyson recently hung up her microphone and parlayed her professional experiences into a new career as the Internal Communication Manager for a Fortune 500 company. On the side, Alyson works as a food stylist for the magazine MaryJanesFarm. Because she spends as much time as possible cooking for friends and preening and pruning her cottage garden, developing out-of-the-box recipes and food skills for publication is the perfect fit for Alyson.

Ashley English

Ashley English has earned degrees in both holistic nutrition and sociology. Life has provided her with numerous career paths, including working as a medical assistant and nutritional consultant, manager of a bed and breakfast, wine and beer sales rep, baker, and caterer. Additionally, she has worked over the years with a number of non-profit organizations committed to social and agricultural issues. She is currently a member of Slow Food USA. Ashley is the author of the Homemade Living book series, which address varying topics related to sustainable small-scale homesteading. Ashley, her husband, and their young son, along with a menagerie of chickens, dogs, cats, and bees live in Candler, North Carolina, where they are converting their land into a thriving homestead. You can find her detailing those adventures in homesteading on her blog, Small Measure. She also writes a weekly column, “Small Measures with Ashley,” on the popular design blog, Design Sponge.

Twitter: @ashley_english

Carolyn Robb and Sarah Champier

South African born Carolyn attended the Tante Marie School of Cookery in Surrey, England where she had a classical training in French cuisine and gained her diploma with distinction. Subsequently she was chef to TRH The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester at Kensington Palace for two years before being offered a position in the household of TRH the Prince and Princess of Wales, where she worked for 11 years. After their separation she remained as executive chef to HRH Prince Charles. She cooked in all the royal residences in the UK and accompanied HRH on many overseas state visits. During this time she worked with many of the UK’s top Michelin rated chefs and spent time working in the kitchens of Michelin restaurants in France and Italy. Since leaving the Royal Household she has worked in Switzerland, the Middle East and in the USA. Carolyn now lives in Oxfordshire, UK with her young daughter.





Sarah was born with a genuine true love of flowers. Even as a young child she made posies in her Grandmothers garden. She studied art, graphics and display. After marrying a French chef, she moved to France where they established and ran their own restaurant. On her return to the UK Sarah completed a long anticipated diploma in Floristry. Whilst freelancing as a florist she was offered a position working in the gardens at Highgrove House, the country home of HRH The Prince of Wales. Several weeks into her new job Sarah found herself doing the flowers for events in the house. The Prince adored Sarah’s natural informal style and he created the position of personal florist for her. Travelling extensively with the Prince, she composed wonderful displays for many royal events. She held this truly unique position for 11 years. Sarah lives in Gloucestershire, UK and she has two grown up daughters.

Diane Cu and Todd Porter

Hello & Chaò, we’re Todd and Diane. Welcome to our world of photography and food behind the kitchen, behind the scenes & behind the lens. We’re photographers, travelers and gardeners. Fueled by our love of local culture, people & rich heritage, we document powerful stories from around the world. We celebrate good food, great conversation, green gardening and traveling. For us, our lives have always been about love, family, friends, sharing, exploring & food. These four essentials of survival brought us together & eventually became the basic ingredients to molding our different backgrounds and personalities into one balanced dish.

We cook, consume and create from childhood comforts that our forefathers passed on through our heritage. But, we are not bound by it. Open to feeding both inside and outside our cultural comfort zones, we believe food holds few boundaries; so long as we understand and give respect/recognition to its origins. After many frustrations, failures and success, we continue to evolve at the stove and in our personal lives. We love our job. Of course there are always challenges that come with each project we photograph or film, but at the end of the day we are always thankful for the wonderful people that we work with and Cristina Ferrare is one of those wonderous souls that help us love our job to no end. Last year Cristina selected us to photograph her new cookbook, Big Bowl of Love, which is also the title of her cooking show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Currently, we are shooting the photos for a jewelry book.



Erin Livers

Erin Livers, ICNT (Integrative Clinical Nutrition Therapist) is a multi-faceted nutrition therapist and health educator. Her integrative approach to nutrition therapy combines Nutritional Anthropology, Functional Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Guided Imagery, and Intuitive Counseling, which supports her clients to discover how to nourish their body with food and nurture themselves in all aspects of life. Her philosophy is food as medicine: how our relationship to food and the food we eat creates the foundation for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. In her private practice, she helps people to lose weight and maintain it, improve digestion, relieve fatigue, sleep soundly, improve memory and concentration, balance mood and hormones, improve skin blemished by acne and eczema, improve PMS, relieve headaches, and prepare healthy meals with renewed inspiration. All this is done while partnering with a clients’ healthcare practitioner. She currently teaches nutrition and health-related subjects at Bauman College, a school for holistic nutrition and culinary arts in Boulder. Her passion for teaching leads her to offer many classes and workshops to the public as well. Erin resides in progressive Boulder, Colorado where she tends vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in her organic garden before creatively cooking and eating them.


Genevieve Charet

Genevieve P. Charet is the Chicago-based writer and homesteader behind MaryJanesFarm magazine’s “Urban Homesteading” column. Her articles and essays have appeared everywhere from national magazines to blogs to her mother’s refrigerator. Genevieve grows an organic orchard and vegetable garden on her city steps, and adopts projects with wild abandon. On a given day, you might find her bubbling up kefir, culturing cheese, brewing beer or mead, baking artisan sourdough loaves, sprouting sproutables, crafting craftables, wrapping charcuterie, decorating cakes, churning butter, fermenting produce, or pickling anything that isn’t nailed down (and some things that are). The only thing she loves more than  getting her hands dirty with a project is getting your hands dirty with a project, so step lightly and … too late, she heard you. Genevieve’s free-range philosophy includes being a handful, trying everything once, writing what she feels, feeling what she writes, and not caring when she laughs so loudly that people look. If she had a dollar for every time someone called her “mild-mannered,” she’d have a quarter.



Janet Hurst

Janet Hurst enjoys country living. “I fondly remember my great-grandmother’s farm, collecting eggs, playing with kittens in the hay loft, and fetching jars from the old fruit cellar. I thought it was heaven on Earth! This is the type of life I knew I wanted for my own family. I had a dream of a few acres and a goat. That dream came true, and goats have been a part of things around my farm ever since! Because I had goats, I began to experiment with cheesemaking, and eventually I went on to study cheesemaking at the Vermont Institute of Artisan Cheese and the University of Guelph, Canada, as well as at small farms in Israel. I made cheese commercially for several years.”

In addition to making cheese, Janet enjoys writing. “I first started writing about goats, then cheese. This took me down the path of writing for many well-known periodicals, including MaryJanesFarm magazine. What a thrill to see my name in print!” Janet recently completed her first book, Homemade Cheese (Voyageur Press, 2011). She says, “The best parts about writing the book were the interviews with cheesemakers. I love to talk to small farmers, to learn about their operations and their lifestyles. Each one has a story to tell.” Janet continues to spread the art of cheesemaking across the country, through her writing efforts and her cheesemaking workshops.  (more…)

Julie Cove

For the past 19 years as an interior designer, Julie Cove has been celebrated as the Martha Stewart of Victoria. As owner of one of the most-loved home decor stores on Vancouver Island, Julie has helped thousands discover how to create beautiful spaces. Julie loves sharing her knowledge of design and do-it-yourself creations, and has been a popular speaker and workshop leader on the West Coast for 20 years. Appearing as a regular design expert on TV, hosting her own radio show, Island Lifestyles, and writing for a variety of magazines as well as a blog, Julie has a unique gift as a teacher and instructor—inspiring her “students” to be creative, innovative, and to do it with passion! Julie’s design work has been featured in magazines, and she’s been the creative force behind several successful home tours and special events. Julie also has a passion for giving back. She uses her love of design and creativity as a way to raise thousands of dollars for community charity groups.

This award-winning designer is excited to take on her new passion: marrying beauty and creativity with healthy living. After a health crisis, Julie was forced to pour her creative energy into discovering everything she could about nutrition, exercise, and healthy living. She discovered an abundance of information on health, but a lack of innovative healthy recipes. Given her sincere appreciation for creativity and food, this inspired Julie to make healthy living more desirable, beautiful, and delicious to others. Her blog features health tips and delicious recipes, beautifully styled with her own vivid photography. Julie’s passion is to inspire a healthy lifestyle for everyone–especially busy crafting moms!

Twitter: @Alkalinesisters

Kathy Hester

Kathy Hester develops vegan recipes that make it easier to get a nutritious dinner on the table night after night. She is passionate about teaching people how to eat better with less effort and without spending a fortune. Kathy went meatless back in 1983 when it was hard to find tofu and tempeh, much less modern-day luxuries like vegan marshmallows and a range of non-dairy milks. Kathy spends her free time transforming her front yard into a veggie garden, entertaining (vegan fondue anyone?), writing her Healthy Slow Cooking and Busy Vegan blogs, and developing delicious meatless recipes that even picky eaters and omnivores love. If you’ve been wanting to get more greens, whole grains, and vegan protein sources into your diet you’ll definitely want to learn Kathy’s innovative methods for fitting healthy, whole foods into your busy schedule. Kathy’s first book, The Vegan Slow Cooker: Simply Set It and Go with 150 Recipes for Intensely Flavorful, Fuss-Free Fare Everyone (Vegan or Not!) Will Devour, comes out this October from Fair Winds Press. Here’s what people are already saying about the book:

“This book might just revolutionize vegan cooking! Kathy Hester’s recipes are ridiculously fast and easy, unbelievably delicious, and believe it or not—cheap. Bravo, Kathy!”
–Kathy Freston, New York Times best-selling author of Veganist

“ Kathy’s stellar recipes and straightforward instructions will have you creating hot, fresh, gourmet meals in just minutes a day. No more slaving away in the kitchen. With The Vegan Slow Cooker, you’ll be eating like a queen with just the flip of a switch!”
—Rory Freedman, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch

“ The health advantages of a plant-strong diet are compelling and well proven. But preparing yummy meals that are wholesome can be time consuming. That’s where this book comes in. Slow cookers can be huge labor and time savers, if you know how to use them. This is the book that will show you how.”
—John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution, The New Good Life, Diet for a New America, and other bestsellers

Kathy Hester lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her two cats (that would rather not live together), a cute dog with a belly-rubbing addiction, her very own picky eater, and more slow cookers than any one person should own.

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