Pam Brandon is managing editor of Edible Orlando magazine and a food columnist for OrlandoSentinel.com and the Palm Beach Post. She has written eleven cookbooks, including Delicious Disney Holidays and the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival cookbook. Pam grew up in West Virginia, where farm to table was a way of life. Her favorite taste of Florida is a toss-up: spicy hot boiled peanuts or wild-caught Gulf shrimp.
Katie Farmand claims the rare title of native Floridian. She was born and raised in the Sunshine State sipping Polar Cups and eating backyard tomatoes in February. Katie is the editor of Edible Orlando magazine and a freelance food writer, recipe developer, and food stylist. Her recipes have been featured in the Palm Beach Post, the Orlando Sentinel, and the Tampa Tribune. Her blog, TheThinChef.com, is a collection of her original recipes and photography. This is her first cookbook.
Heather McPherson is the food editor and restaurant critic for the Orlando Sentinel and a past president of the Association of Food Journalists. She has written two cookbooks, including Barbecue! Great Ideas for Backyard Get-Togethers, and has edited four others, including The Florida Cookbook: A Lighter Look at Southern Cooking. Heather grew up in Indiana sneaking vine-ripe cherry tomatoes from her grandmother’s summer garden and helping her mother, sister, and cousins snap beans for family dinners. For her, no Florida meal is complete without local beef, sweet corn, fried okra, warm biscuits dripping with honey, and late-winter berries.