SELF-TAUGHT chef and food personality Hope Cohen has been a culinary force in Philadelphia since the late '70s, working in A-list restaurants including Striped Bass, Rouge and ¡Pasion!

She has her own catering/consulting company, reps products on QVC and hosted "The Fretz Kitchen," Comcast CN8's cooking show. Hope travels extensively in search of inspiration to support her Fast, Fresh + Simple brand. Her new book by the same title is available on and at Learn from Cohen first-hand July 16 when she teaches an Indian-inspired class at COOK, 253 S. 20th St. Details at 215-735-COOK or

India is just the latest passport stamp for freelance journalist Beth D'Addono, who writes about travel, food and the Philly restaurant scene for the Daily News and other publications. Her books include Must Sees New Orleans (Michelin)and City Tavern Cookbook (Running Press). She celebrates the local perspective at