Judith H. Dern has held a lifelong passion for Scandinavian food. She has visited Scandinavia many times to explore its unique cuisine. As an independent writer has been published in US regional and national magazines and she has written cookbooks on a variety of subjects. John Nielsen was born and educated in Denmark. After graduating as a master pastry chef he emigrated to America and opened his Seattle bakery, Nielsen's Danish Pastries. He continues to introduce his customers to authentic Danish confectionery.