Yabin Yu was born in Beijing, China. Cooking has been her lifelong passion, and becoming a cookbook author has been her aspiration for years. She immigrated to the United States in 1986 as a graduate school student studying engineering. She was a senior software engineer at Baker Hughes before she retired in 2006. Since then, she planned to write a cookbook. Her cooking philosophy and approach are signified by her simple, healthy, and delicious ethnic-fusion cuisine. Yabin holds a Master's degree in electrical engineering from the City University of New York. She currently lives in the Woodlands, north of Houston, with her husband Richard. Besides cooking, she enjoys gardening, music, travel, and reading.

Jialin Tian was born in Tianjin, China. When she was young, she enjoyed helping her mother and grandmother in the kitchen. She became interested in cooking when she was an engineering student in college. To her, cooking combines art, science, and engineering. She has co-written the family cookbook with her mother and was the major contributor to the pastry section of their book. She studied sugar art and chocolate works under world-renowned pastry chefs Stéphane Glacier, M. O. F. and Jean-Pierre Wybauw at the French Pastry School in Chicago. Besides cooking and pastry art, she enjoys painting, piano, travel, graphic design, and photographing. She is responsible for the design, styling, photographs, and web design of their family cookbook. She is currently a research engineer at NASA Langley Research Center. Jialin received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and Purdue University in 1997 and 1999, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004. She currently lives in Yorktown, Virginia.