Aliza Green is an award-winning author, journalist, and influential chef whose books include The Magic of Spice Blends, The Soupmaker's Kitchen, The Butcher's Apprentice, Making Artisan Pasta, The Fishmonger's Apprentice, Starting with Ingredients: Baking, Starting with Ingredients, four perennially popular Field Guides to food ingredients, and Beans: More than 200 Delicious, Wholesome Recipes from Around the World. Green is known for her encyclopedic knowledge of every possible ingredient, its history, culture, and use in the kitchen and bakery and for her lively storytelling, and she leads international culinary and cultural tours for the curious and adventuresome cook. Green's books have garnered high praise from critics, readers, and culinary professionals alike, including a James Beard award for Ceviche!: Seafood, Salads, and Cocktails with a Latino Twist, which she co-authored with Chef Guillermo Pernot. She lives in the Philadelphia area. Visit her at (www.alizagreen.com).