Novelist, traveller and historian, Jason Goodwin lives in England and writes the 'Spectator' column for Country Life. He has written about tea, walking 2000 miles to Istanbul, and his 'Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire', was described by Jan Morris as 'a high-octane work of art'. Time Out called it 'perhaps the most readable history ever written on anything'. His Istanbul-based series of historical thrillers began with The Janissary Tree, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel. Translated into over 40 languages, the five-novel series now has its own illustrated cookbook, YASHIM COOKS ISTANBUL: Culinary Adventures in the Ottoman Kitchen. Jason's a member of the Guild of Food Writers and sits on the committee of Headread, the annual Estonian literary festival.