Elizabeth Romer was born in Wales and studied textile design at the Royal College of Art in London. She has written upon Italian food and culture and contributed to journals and newspapers in the spheres of both gastronomy and Egyptian archaeology. In addition to THE TUSCAN YEAR, her books include ITALIAN PIZZA & SAVOURY BREADS, which won the IACP Seagram Award 1987, and
THE RAPE OF TUTANKHAMUN and THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD. She has been living in Tuscany since 1972 with her husband John Romer, an archaeologist, writer and TV presenter.