Laura Kelley, based in the Baltimore area, is a writer, lecturer and experienced Silk Road traveler. She is author of "The Silk Road Gourmet" and writes about cuisines and cultures to share her experiences and passions for food and life with the world. Her work emphasizes the connections between cultures that can be traced to their food items, dishes and methods of preparation. Also a food historian, Kelley has worked extensively on reinterpretations of ancient Mesopotamian and Roman dishes and has formulated hypothetical menus for the first Christmas feast. Some of her work has been featured in Saudi Aramco World and other notable publications. Laura works as a scientist and has made many notable contributions to international public health and biodefense over the years.