Catherine Atkinson is a trained Cordon Bleu cook and holds a degree in Home Economics. After graduating she worked in a number of hotels and restaurants including the Roux Brothers' patisseries. Her catering experience led to work in publishing - creating recipes and styling food for photography - and she became Deputy Cookery Editor on Woman's Weekly and later Me magazine. Catherine currently works as a freelance writer and is a consultant for a number of food and lifestyle magazines. She is the author of Pastry, Cooking with Chocolate and Coffee and Preserves.