Catherine Atkinson has always had a passionate interest in food and cooking and as a student this culminated in a BSc (Hons) in Home Economics at Surrey University. After graduating she worked in various hotels and restaurants including the Roux Brothers' famous patisscries. Her catering experience led to work in publishing - creating recipes and styling food for photography - and she became Deputy Cookery Editor on Woman's Weekly and later Me magazine. Maggie Mayhew is a full-time food writer and home economist, contributing features to many national women's magazines. Before becoming a full-time writer and author, she was Deputy Food and Wine Editor of Living magazine for five years.