Karen Barnes started cooking even before she began school, inspired by her mother who was what Karen describes as a cook ahead of her time. Those early experiences sparked a lifelong passion. Karen has been a journalist for 30 years, working in book publishing, on women’s magazines and as head of the Good Housekeeping Institute before joining delicious. magazine in April 2010. She has an archive of recipes at home big enough to fill a loft and is never happier than when cooking, stirring and creating in the kitchen. Her mission, through the pages of delicious. magazine, is to get the nation cooking.