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By Terence Conran

Plain Simple Useful

Terence Conran has always believed that objects – and surroundings – that are plain, simple and useful are the key to easy living. Here are three projects to get you started on creating a contemporary living space.

Hamlyn

My First Baking Book

Becky Johnson
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Becky Johnson

Chetna Makan

Chetna Makan was born in Jabalpur, an ancient city in central India. She has a degree in fashion and worked in Mumbai as a fashion designer before moving to the UK in 2003. Chetna reached the semi-final of The Great British Bake Off in 2014, and her first book, The Cardamom Trail, is a celebration of baking with Indian flavours. She has a very popular YouTube channel 'Food with Chetna' where she shares her creative flair for food.

Claire Ptak

Claire Ptak is former pastry chef at the legendary California restaurant Chez Panisse, and now chef-proprietor of Violet Cakes in London. She was chosen to make Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding cake.

Claus Meyer

Claus Meyer has been a gastronomic entrepreneur for more than 30 years, and has inspired a generation to discover local Nordic produce through his portfolio of businesses, cookbooks, TV shows, lectures and agenda-setting viewpoints. He co-founded the celebrated restaurant noma, in Copenhagen, in 2003 and also founded restaurant GUSTU, in La Paz (Bolivia). In 2016 he opened a large-scale food space within the Grand Central Terminal in New York City, the Great Northern Food Hall, and a 100-seat restaurant, Agern, as well as a bakery in Williamsburg.

Dan Lepard

Dan Lepard is an award-winning baker and sourdough expert, who has started bread bakeries for top London chefs Fergus Henderson, Yotam Ottolenghi and Giorgio Locatelli, and continues to help home cooks and chefs master sourdough in their kitchens. He's a regular voice on BBC radio, writes for food and travel magazines around the world, has a monthly baking column in The Sydney Morning Herald, was judge on The Great Australian Bake Off, but is best known for his time as baking columnist for the Guardian newspaper for nearly a decade.

Darina Allen

Darina Allen is Ireland's best-known food ambassador and the bestselling author of Ballymaloe Cookery Course and Forgotten Skills of Cooking, which won the prestigious André Simon award in 2009. She campaigns for local produce, is a member of Slow Food Ireland and set up Ireland's first farmers' market. She has won many awards including the Guild of Food Writers' Lifetime Achievement award in 2013. www.cookingisfun.ie

Diana Henry

Diana Henry is one of the UK's best-loved food writers. She has a weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph and also writes for BBC Good Food, House & Garden and Waitrose Weekend, as well as being a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4. Diana has won numerous awards for her journalism and books, including Cookery Journalist of the Year from the Guild of Food Writers (three times, most recently in 2015), Cookery Writer of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards in 2013 and 2015 and Cookery Book of the Year for Simple at Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2017. A Change of Appetite was voted Cookbook of the Year by the Guild of Food Writers in 2015 and A Bird in the Hand won a James Beard award in 2016. Diana has written ten other books including Crazy Water Pickled Lemons, A Bird in the Hand, Cook Simple, Salt Sugar Smoke, Roast Figs Sugar Snow, A Change of Appetite, Simple and How to Eat a Peach. A Bird in the Hand, Simple and How to Eat a Peach were Top 10 Bestsellers and Diana's books have sold over 700,000 copies worldwide.Diana studied English Literature at the University of Oxford and journalism at City, University of London. She was a TV producer for the BBC for over ten years before starting to write. She lives in London with her children.www.dianahenry.co.ukInstagram: @dianahenryfoodTwitter: @dianahenryfood

Fran Warde

Fran Warde is a cook and best-selling food writer. She spent 18 months in the kitchens at The Café Royal before opening her own restaurant in London and then moving into catering and opening a successful cookery school. Fran co-authored with Joanna Harris the award-winning The French Kitchen, followed by The French Market. Her other books include New Bistro and Food for Friends. She has written for numerous publications, including The Saturday Times Magazine, BBC Good Food and Waitrose Food Illustrated and was the food editor of Red magazine.

Gizzi Erskine

After 7 years as a professional body piercer in Camden, Gizzi Erskine decided to pursue her life-long dream of being a chef. In 2003 Gizzi started training at the prestigious Leith's School of Food and Wine. She graduated the top of her year and went on to win a placement at BBC Good Food magazine, where she started to establish herself as an award-winning food writer and stylist. A career in TV started with the popular C4 primetime show, Cook Yourself Thin, and she has since appeared on dozens of shows from Iron Chef to Sky 1's Ones to Watch and Jamie Oliver's Food Tube network.Always at the forefront of any trend, Gizzi was one of the first to back the pop-up restaurant scene, and her food events and festival appearances are legendary for those in the know. She has been designated one of the London Evening Standard's 1000 Most Influential People six times.Gizzi has been a columnist for The Sunday Times Magazine, Contributing Editor for InStyle and has written for a wide variety of other magazines and newspapers such as Marie Claire, Elle, Elle USA, Vogue USA, GQ, The Times and the Evening Standard. Her books include Cook Yourself Thin, Gizzi's Kitchen Magic, Skinny Weeks & Weekend Feasts and Gizzi's Season's Eatings.Find out more about Gizzi: Instagram @gizzierskine | Twitter @GizziErskine

Henry Dimbleby

Henry Dimbleby is co-founder of Leon, the award-winning fast food chain that serves healthy fast food. Together with John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy, he opened the first restaurant in London in July 2004, and six months after opening, Leon was named the Best New Restaurant in Great Britain at the Observer Food Monthly Awards (by a judging panel that included Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay, Nigel Slater, Heston Blumenthal, Ruth Rogers and Jay Rayner). There are now more than 55 Leon restaurants (including branches in Washington DC, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Oslo).

Jamie Purviance

New York Times bestselling author Jamie Purviance is one of America's top grilling experts and Weber's master griller.Jamie is a graduate of Stanford University and the Culinary Institute of America. He is an accomplished chef and teacher who has helped millions of people to grill like professionals. He is a regular contributor to national newspapers and magazines, and is the author of many bestselling Weber cookbooks.

Jean-François Mallet

Jean-François Mallet trained at the prestigious Ferrandi culinary school in Paris, before deciding to follow his passion for photography. He now specialises in food photography.

Jean-Pierre Gabriel

Alain Coumont founded Le Pain Quotidien and currently serves as the Company's Chief Creative Officer. In this role, he remains the driving force behind the brand's dedication to organic ingredients. Prior to founding Le Pain Quotidien, Alain worked with a number of highly regarded chefs including Michel Guèrard, Georges Blanc and Joel Robuchon. He lives with his family in Montpellier, France.

Joanna Farrow

Joanna Farrow loves having fun with her food, having giving cakes and cookies a whole new look in Dress Your Cake and Dress Your Gingerbread. A home economist and food writer, she has also contributed to numerous food magazines and has written a number of other titles, including Ready Steady Cook for Kids, Good Fast Family Food, Cake and Peek-a-boo Cakes.

John Whaite

John Whaite won the third series of The Great British Bake Off, and now runs his own cookery school, John Whaite's Kitchen. His fourth book Comfort was chosen as a Book of the Year by BBC Radio 4's Food Programme. John was also a resident chef on ITV's Lorraine for two years. He has written regularly for The Daily Telegraph, Delicious Magazine and Waitrose Weekend and Kitchen. John appears at the BBC Good Food show, The Cake & Bake Show and various regional food festivals across the country. This is his fifth book. @john_whaite

John Williams

Executive Chef, John Williams has overseen The Ritz restaurant since 2004. The son of a Tyneside fisherman, today he is one of the most respected chefs in Britain. He is a humble man who, as a teenage chef, came from England's north-east to London, propelled by an ambition to cook for 'very special people'. That dream has long been realised: John's food is relished by royalty, and savoured by presidents and prime ministers. His career includes seventeen years in the kitchens of Claridge's.John has received numerous honours during his time at The Ritz, including a Michelin star (in 2016), an MBE and a Chevalier de l'Ordre du Merite Agricol (the first British chef to receive such an honour).

Joy Skipper

Joy Skipper is a qualified nutritional therapist specialising in Sports Nutrition. She has a BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Therapy from The Centre of Nutrition Education and Lifestyle Management, following her graduation from the world-renowned Institute of Optimum Nutrition in 2009. She writes extensively on healthy food for a number of magazines, including Waitrose Kitchen, Delicious Magazine, Weight Watchers Magazine and BBC Good Food and has authored several books.

Kathryn Bruton

Kathryn Bruton has spent over ten years working in the food industry, from restaurant kitchens and private catering to working on Masterchef. She has also worked on a host of best selling cookbooks, as well as appearing frequently on Irish television. The Skinny Series (including Skinny Soups and Skinny Salads) reflects her ambition to create enticing and unusual recipes that are high in nutrition and low in calories.

Louise Blair

Louise Blair is a home economist and food stylist who specialises in healthy recipes. She was a consultant for Diabetes UK and is the author of a number of books including Quick Cooking for Diabetes and Low-GI Cookbook, both published by Hamlyn.

Marco Pierre White

Marco Pierre White - the original 'enfant terrible', has earned his place in British culinary history as much for his strong temperament as for his unique talent as a chef. The youngest chef ever to earn three Michelin stars, he has become not only a star chef of international renown and food icon of our time, but also a multimillionaire entrepreneur. His growing empire of restaurants includes L'Escargot, the Mirabelle, Luciano, and the Frankie's chain. He is opening Marcos in September.