Rowan Bishop has written about food for over 30 years, including three cookbooks and hundreds of columns (food, travel and general interest). She is based in Hamilton. "I began writing food columns, along with other freelance work, and produced a first vegetarian cookbook, The Vegetarian Adventure, with friend Sue Carruthers. This was at a time when vegetarian food was denounced as 'fanatical' and 'fringe,' as opposed to the popularity and acceptance it enjoys today. Of course, now there is a much wider range of products, condiments and produce to choose from, and the popularity of Farmer's Markets and promotion of fresh, local and increasingly organic produce is really heartening to see."