Claudia Roden was born and raised in Cairo. She completed her formal education in Paris and then moved to London to study art. She travels extensively as a food writer. Her previous books include Mediterranean Cookery, which was published in conjunction with her BBC television series; her seminal A Book of Middle Eastern Food; Everything Tastes Better Outdoors; The Good Food of Italy-Region by Region; and Coffee- A Connoisseur's Companion. She has won five Glenfiddich prizes, including 1992 Food Writer of the Year and the Glenfiddich Trophy. In 1989 she received the two most prestigious food prizes of Italy-the Premio Orio Vergani and the Premio Maria Luigia, Duchessa di Parma-for her London Sunday Times Magazine series "The Taste of Italy." She lives in London.