Becky Aaronson is an award-winning writer who lives with her husband and daughter in Santa Barbara. She’s currently writing a book, The Art of an Improbable Life: My Twenty Years with an International Photojournalist, and she writes a blog with the same title—

Pascale Beale grew up in England and France surrounded by a family that has always been passionate about food, wine and the arts. She was taught to cook by her French mother and grandmother. She is the author of A Menu for All Seasons—Spring, A Menu for All Seasons—Summer, A Menu for All Seasons—Fall and A Menu for All Seasons—Winter. Visit her website at

Joan S. Bolton is a freelance writer, garden coach and garden designer who confesses to a lifelong love affair with plants. She and her husband, Tom, have filled their four-acre property in western Goleta with natives and other colorful, water-conserving plants. They also maintain avocado, citrus and fruit trees and grow vegetables and herbs year-round.

Fran Collin is a photographer who has worked in New York for 20 years before moving back to Carpinteria (Brooks grad ‘82). His work has been published in Food&Wine, Eating Light and New York Magazine. In addition, he has worked with City Meals on Wheels and some of the most gifted chefs in the world, with an ongoing portrait series at

Janice Cook Knight is the author of Follow Your Heart’s Vegetarian Soup Cookbook and The Follow Your Heart Cookbook: Recipes from the Vegetarian Restaurant. She has taught cooking for over twenty-five years, and currently teaches a cookbook writing workshop. She lives in Santa Barbara with her family.

Erin Feinblatt is a freelance photographer and videographer based in Santa Barbara. He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute and specializes in creating images of food, architecture and lifestyle for editorial and advertising clients. A California native, Erin spends his free time in the water via surfboard, boat, and fins or on land exploring Santa Barbara’s open space and sampling its local food.

Helena Hill is a former teacher and administrator turned writer, watercolorist and organic gardener. She writes, paints, gardens and keeps a small flock of chickens in Santa Barbara.

Jennifer LeMay is a designer and artist who appreciates great local food. Her business, J. LeMay Studios, provides communication and design services. Visit

Nancy Oster is an avid cook who seldom makes the same thing the same way twice. Most of the time her substitutions work. When they don’t, she relies on her dog, Amber, to help her hide the evidence.

Carol Penn-Romine is a chef and food writer as well as a Tennessee farm girl who is still trying to get the hang of playing in the Southern California soil. A finalist for the 2010 M. F. K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing, she is a contributor to Gastronomica, Christian Science Monitor and a number of magazines within Edible Communities.

Laura Sanchez is a Santa Barbara–based wine writer who contributes to an array of print and online publications. Simple pleasures like Chablis and oysters, Champagne and French fries, and Port with figs and Point Reyes blue cheese make her a very happy girl.

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