Wini Moranville has been a food writer and editor for twenty-five years. She is the author of The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day and has contributed to many lifestyle magazines including Relish Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Home, Simply Perfect Italian, Holiday Appetizers, Holiday Celebrations, Holiday Menus, and Creative Home, among others. She has also served as a writer and editor for numerous cookbooks under the Better Homes and Gardens imprint, including three editions of the iconic Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. During her 15-year tenure as The Des Moines Register's chief restaurant reviewer, she wrote over 750 dining reviews. A fan of both France and Louisa May Alcott, Wini’s next project is a travelogue that traces the author’s extensive travels through France.
Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist best known as author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Good Wives, Little Men, and Jo's Boys. Raised in New England by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Nevertheless, her family suffered severe financial difficulties and Alcott worked to help support the family from an early age. She began to receive critical success for her writing in the 1860s.