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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
Authors:
Becky Johnson

Aprons on, it's time for kitchen fun for everyone! From cookies and cupcakes to bread and tarts, all the baking recipes in this book are tasty and easy to make (and good for grown-ups too).Cooking together is a wonderful activity for a family to engage in, and children find it really rewarding to serve up food they've helped to make. It also develops important skills - weighing out ingredients familiarizes them with numbers, while mixing, spreading and spooning aid coordination. This book has ideas and step-by-step instructions for more than 50 baking recipes that your little ones will love to make and eat.

Amanda Cross

Amanda Cross, a trained nutritionalist, has had a varied career including TV presenter for UK Living and Channel Health, health and beauty journalist and author. She is the author of Food Boosters for Kids, Miracle Soups and Curb the Carb, all published by Hamlyn. Location: Sitges, Spain.

Angel Strawbridge

If ever there was a vintage-clad, firey redhead that knew how to bring all the glam of the golden years to life, it's Angel Strawbridge. Angel has written down her well-honed insight for all things 'tea party' so that everyone can share the magic of this timeless era anywhere and for any occasion.Angel's eye for beautiful things began at the age of thirteen, when she started acquiring fur jackets, jewelled bags and glamorous hats from the vintage eras. A market stall followed and when the stall couldn't cope anymore, Angel moved to a big converted school house in Bethnal Green. It was here in 2001 that she launched The Vintage Experience, where Angel offered advice, styling and hand-picked vintage delights for her clients - as well as providing them with delicious cakes! The Vintage Experience lasted for seven years. When this could grow no more, the Vintage Patisserie brand was born.Angel appeared on BBC Two's Dragon's Den in 2010 and instantly became the face to remember when she was offered a £100k investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis for developing her website and business, The Vintage Patisserie (http://www.vintagepatisserie.co.uk).In the same year, Angel met and fell in love with ex-Army colonel, engineer, inventor and author, Dick Strawbridge. Life moved quickly! They are now married and have two children, Arthur and Dorothy. The Strawbridges have embarked on the renovation project of a lifetime in rural France, bringing the fairytale 19th-century Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson back to life. Together they make quite a team and their adventures in craft, vintage weddings, engineering and all things DIY can be seen in the popular Channel 4 series Escape to the Chateau.

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.

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.

Clodagh Mckenna

Clodagh McKenna is a chef, restaurateur and broadcaster who studied in France and New York and trained and worked at Ballymaloe. She is the author of five books and runs a restaurant in Dublin called Clodagh's Kitchen. She has hosted numerous pop-ups in collaboration with brands including Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and The Whitney Museum. Instagram: @clodagh_mckenna

Dan Doherty

Dan Doherty is a judge on the BBC1's primetime series, Britain's Best Home Cook. He was the Chef Director at London's Duck & Waffle, with a restaurant on the 40th floor of Heron Tower in the City of London and the more informal Duck & Waffle Local in London's West End. He won Tatler's Rising Star Chef award at their 2013 Restaurant Awards and the Guardian declared him 'among the high priests of Britain's culinary revival'.He has appeared on BBC 1's Saturday Kitchen and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch and regularly speaks and demonstrates at festivals and events including Taste London and Meatopia.

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.

Dane Noon

A worthy supporter of the marijuana cause since high tops were in fashion, Dane is an avid chef with a love of music and enjoys nothing more than taking his followers on a journey through mouth and mind. He wants to invade Guernsey.

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 our 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 and Simple. 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

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

Leon was founded on the twin principles that food can both Taste Good and Do You Good. When Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy opened their first restaurant, on London's Carnaby Street in July 2004, their aim was to change the face of fast food. 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).

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.

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).

Matt O'connor

Matt O'Connor launched a pop up store at Selfridges in September 2009. Since then The Icecreamists have gone on the make headlines, survived a legal dispute with Lady Gaga and the company now runs two stores in Covent Garden creating boutique ice creams and cocktails for winter and summer.

Nicola Graimes

Nicola Graimes has been editing and writing books on the subject of healthy nutrition for children for the past 19 years. Nicola is particularly interested in healthy eating, organic food and children's diets, and her unpretentious, contemporary style of cooking is very much in touch with the requirements of modern parents.Nicola Graimes has had many books published in the UK including The Baby Cookbook, The Toddler Cookbook, Foods that Heal Cookbook, and The Vegan Cookbook. Nicola was editor of the UK's Vegetarian Living Magazine and The Vegetarian, the monthly magazine published on behalf of The Vegetarian Society. She has also written for The Sunday Express and is a member of The Guild of Food Writers. Nicola Graimes is a young, contemporary cook and is in touch with the requirements of modern parents. She knows what works and what doesn't, and is fully up-to-date with the latest nutritional information and ingredients.

Paul Henderson

Paul Henderson has been GQ's Food and Drink editor since 2003. He has interviewed many of the biggest names in gastronomy, from Gordon Ramsay to Jamie Oliver. His work has also appeared in the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Spectator.

Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood started his training as a baker aged twelve and then went to art college and trained as a sculptor. The love of working with his hands finally led him into creating new, unique and specialty breads full-time. He has worked as Head Baker at several renowned hotels and is the founder of the Hollywood Company Deli, which supplies his own breads to top London restaurants and supermarkets. Paul has recently appeared as a guest on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Lorraine and The Jonathan Ross Show. He has been a judge on The Great British Bake Off since 2010 as well as hosting his own BBC shows Paul Hollywood's Bread and Paul Hollywood's Pies & Puds.

Pierre Koffmann

Pierre Koffmann has been at the heart of fine cuisine in Britain for over 40 years. After working as a young chef in Strasbourg and Toulon, Koffmann arrived in London in 1970 to work under Michel and Albert Roux at Le Gavroche. In 1972 he was made the first head chef of the Roux brothers' new venture, the Waterside Inn at Bray. When Pierre opened La Tante Claire in 1977, it was the start of a residency at the top of the London culinary world that would span four decades. Within six years of opening, La Tante Claire had its third Michelin star, setting new standards for cooking and creating extraordinary dishes from classically simple ingredients, while also serving as an academy for many of today's culinary superstars. Between them his various protégés, from Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay to Tom Kitchin and Jason Atherton, now boast over 20 Michelin stars in their own right. He retired in 2003, but following a sell-out of his critically hailed pop-up at Selfridges in 2009, he returned to the kitchen once more. His acclaimed, informal restaurant, Koffmann's at The Berkeley, serves classic provincial French cooking - the food of his grandparents' farmhouse kitchen. Find out more about Pierre Koffmann at www.pierrekoffmann.co.uk.