Related to: 'Little Leon: Soups and Salads & Snacks'

Mitchell Beazley

Fress

Emma Spitzer
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Emma Spitzer

Fress (Yiddish): 'to eat copiously and without restraint' 'Fress, the knockout debut cookbook from Emma Spitzer, a 2015 finalist on Britain's 'Masterchef' show, seamlessly blends Ashkenazic and Sephardic culinary heritage ... Spitzer is a Brighton-born travel business entrepeneur who now caters and teaches cooking classes ... her voice is that of a home cook privileged to be a part of the new food world order, acknowledging her Russian roots, her mother-in-law's Israeli feasts, British celebrity chef John Torode and cookbook author Claudia Roden. There's a touch of Yotam Ottolenghi in the book's images - vegetables that look lush and savoury on the plate. Props to the styling team, who make even beef-stuffed artichokes look handsome.'The Washington PostEmma Spitzer's style of cooking is unfussy and uncomplicated, extracting the maximum flavour from the humblest of ingredients without spending hours in the kitchen. For Fress, her melting pot of inspiration embraces Poland and Russia, Jewish recipes learned from her mother, travels in Israel, Egypt, Jordan and North Africa, as well as Algerian recipes shared by her mother-in-law. Big on flavour and spice, Fress is full of happy, sociable food to feed the soul.

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.

Dave Broom

Award-winning author and whisky expert Dave Broom has been writing about whisky for 25 years as a journalist and author. He has written eight books, two of which (Drink! and Rum) won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Book of the Year. He has also won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Writer of the Year twice and recently won the extremely prestigious IWSC Communicator of the Year Award. In 2015 Tales of the Cocktail presented Dave with the Best Cocktail & Spirits award, soon to be followed by the Golden Spirit Award in 2016.Over his two decades in the field, Dave has built up a considerable international following with regular training/educational visits to France, Holland, Germany, the USA and Japan. His remit has covered consumer features as well as business reports. He is also actively involved in whisky education, acting as a consultant to major distillers on tasting techniques as well as teaching professionals and the public. He was also one of the developers of Diageo's generic whisky tasting tool, the Flavour MapT.

Diana Henry

Diana Henry has a weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph, writes for BBC Good Food, Red and House & Garden, and is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4. She has won numerous awards for her journalism and books, including Cookery Journalist of the Year from the Guild of Food Writers (three times), Cookery Writer of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Food Awards in 2013 and 2015, and Fortnum & Mason Cookery Book of the Year for Simple in 2017.www.dianahenry.co.ukInstagram: @dianahenryfoodTwitter: @dianahenryfood

Emma Spitzer

Emma Spitzer was born and raised in Brighton, southern England, to Jewish parents of Polish and Russian descent.Following her success on reaching the final of BBC 1's MasterChef, Emma has been in high demand. She has been teaching cookery classes and demonstrating at food festivals, running sell-out supper clubs and catering for private dining events. Emma's popularity on the show is evident through her social media following, with more than 50,000 followers on Twitter. She lives in north London with her husband, four young daughters and their cat.

Harumi Kurihara

Harumi Kurihara's cooking, lifestyle books and magazines have made the charismatic former housewife a phenomenon in her native Japan and she has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. She currently has more than 60 shops and cafés in Japan that sell her homeware, cookware and clothing ranges. Her success is rooted in her effortless, down-to-earth and unpretentious approach to stylish living and eating, which follows a philosophy of elegance and simplicity. Harumi's own inspiration derives from her traditional upbringing in a big family in central Japan. Later, as a full-time housewife and mother, married to Reiji Kurihara, a former TV anchorman, she found her talent to create delicious, simple to prepare, fashionable meals, without great expense. This skill, combined with her eye for simple, beautiful and practical home decoration has made her the most celebrated lifestyle authority in Japan.

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). There are now nine restaurants serving over 50,000 people a week.

James Wong

James Wong is a Kew-trained botanist, writer and broadcaster based in London, England. Graduating with a master of science degree in Ethnobotany in 2006, he has pursued his key research interests of under-utilised crop species & traditional food systems through field work in rural Ecuador, Java & Southern China. He is the author of the best-selling books Grow Your Own Drugs and Homegrown Revolution, as well as a presenter of programmes including BBC2's award-winning Grow Your Own Drugs and Countryfile and Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time.Becoming an RHS ambassador in 2014, James is passionate about communicating plant science to new audiences in relevant and accessible ways. With his obsession for food nearly eclipsing his love of plants, James's small London garden serves as a testing station for all manner of crops and horticultural ideas from around the world.

John Vincent

John is co-founder of Leon, which now has more than 45 restaurants (including one in Amsterdam). He wrote Leon Naturally Fast Food with Henry Dimbleby, Leon Family & Friends with Kay Plunkett-Hogge, Leon Happy Salads and Leon Fast & Free with Jane Baxter and Leon Happy Soups with Rebecca Seal. He believes food has the power to delight, invigorate and bring people together. He thinks that our relationship with food should be positive and joyous and that we need to listen more carefully to our gut, eat more good fats, less sugar. And a whole lot more plants.

Julian Metcalfe

Julian Metcalfe, co-founder of global success Pret A Manger, is dedicated to his next crusade, itsu... a revolutionary and refreshing take on affordable, healthy food. itsu's delicious but light menu and confident flavours are attracting millions of loyal fans. Years spent listening to the ideas and demands of Pret customers encouraged Metcalfe and his team to build a new type of food place altogether... They call it 'eat beautiful'. High-protein, low carb salads, brown rice dishes, freshly made sushi, soups and noodles - fresh food that tastes as good as it looks. There are now around 75 itsu shops in the UK. itsu has also developed a growing range of Asian-inspired healthy food products and is distributing them through supermarkets.

Kay Plunkett-Hogge

Kay Plunkett-Hogge is an acclaimed food and drinks writer, and the author of Adventures Of A Terribly Greedy Girl (Mitchell Beazley, 2017), A Sherry And A Little Plate Of Tapas (Mitchell Beazley, 2016), Heat: Cooking With Chillies (Quercus, 2016) and Make Mine A Martini (Mitchell Beazley, 2014).In addition to her own books, Kay has co-authored a further six books, working with the award-winning chef Bryn Williams on his two books Bryn's Kitchen and For The Love Of Veg, Academy Award nominated actor Stanley Tucci on his second cookbook The Tucci Table, and with the American pizza guru Chris Bianco. She also co-wrote Leon: Family and Friends with John Vincent and Cook Yourself Thin: Quick and Easy.Born and brought up in 1970s Bangkok, Kay spent her childhood between two kitchens - inside for Western food, outside for Thai - before forging an international career in the film and fashion industries. It is an experience which has given her an in-depth knowledge of cuisines from all over the world.Kay began her food career when she set up a bespoke location catering service for fashion shoots. Since then, and in addition to her writing, she has worked as a food consultant for a variety of restaurants and bars, including Leon, The Formosa Café, Isola del Sole, Ma Goa and The Luang Prabang Motorcycle Club.Her cult book, Make Mine A Martini, was the Financial Times's pick for drinks book of the year, led to her induction into the Gin Guild (in the words of Heston Blumenthal: "She shakes a damn fine cocktail.") and her writing regularly on cocktails for The Daily Telegraph and Sainsbury's Magazine. She has also written for the FT Weekend, Delicious and Olive, and has published recipes in The Times, Hello and Borough Market's Market Life magazine.And her next book, Aperitivo: Drinks And Snacks For The Dolce Vita, will be published by Mitchell Beazley in June.She lives in London with her husband, two cats and a dog.

Killian Fox

Killian Fox grew up in northwest Ireland and livesin London. He is the editor and co-founder of The Gannet, which acts as a conduit for his shameless nosiness about other people's eating habits. A regular contributor to the Observer Food Monthly, he has also written for the Guardian, The Times and the New Statesman, covering music, film, literature, travel and technology as well as food. He'd call himself an omnivore were it not for a lingering fear of boiled eggs.

Marianne Majerus

Marianne Majerus is a leading garden photographer whose work is widely published in magazines and books. Her books with George Carter include Gardening with Herbs, Gardening with Containers, Projects for Small Gardens, and Living with Plants and The New London Garden (both Mitchell Beazley)

Martyn Nail

Martyn was first inspired to cook by his grandmother and was baking his own cakes by the age of eight. He earned his catering diploma from Highbury College in 1986, top in his field with distinction. Two years later, Martyn started work at Claridge's as Third Commis Chef under Maître Chef des Cuisines Marjan Lesnik and later under John Williams. Over the years Martyn rose through the ranks to become the hotel's highly respected Executive Chef in 2004. Under Martyn's direction, Claridge's iconic afternoon tea won the British Tea Guild Best Afternoon Tea award twice. Martyn has worked tirelessly to make the Claridge's Foyer and Reading Room into one of London's most happening venues for lunch and dinner. Discover more about Claridge's on Instagram @claridgeshotel, Twitter @ClaridgesHotel and at www.claridges.co.uk

Meredith Erickson

Meredith has written for The New York Times, Elle, enRoute, Food and Wine and Lucky Peach. She co-authored The Art of Living According to Joe Beef cookbook, which was nominated for a James Beard award in 2012. She also co-wrote the Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Bird (2013) and Olympia Provisions (2015) cookbooks. Meredith divides her time between Montreal and London.

Olia Hercules

Olia Hercules was born in Ukraine and lived in Cyprus for 5 years before moving to London to study a BA in Italian language, followed by an MA in Russian and English. A number of jobs followed before her interest in food as an amateur reached its apogee and she decided to retrain as a chef at Leith's School of Food and Wine. She kicked off her culinary career working at London's Union Market before landing her dream job as a chef-de partie for Ottolenghi's. Olia's focus nowadays is mostly on her son, her writing, her food styling and the occasional foray into film and television.Find out more about Olia at oliahercules.com, on Twitter @oliasgastronomy and on Instagram.com/oliahercules.

Rebecca Seal

Rebecca writes for the Financial Times, Evening Standard, the Observer, the Guardian, Red and The Sunday Times. Her cookbooks include Istanbul: Recipes from the heart of Turkey, Lisbon: Recipes from the heart of Portugal and Leon: Happy Soups with John Vincent. She is one of the food and drink experts on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch.

Sabrina Ghayour

A chef, food writer and cookery teacher, Sabrina Ghayour is one of the strongest voices in Middle Eastern food today. Past collaborations include the 'Passage to Persia' pop-up with Anna Hansen at The Modern Pantry with guest chefs Ben Spalding, Omar Allibhoy, Alexis Gauthier and Tim Anderson, Oliver Peyton's 'Friday Night Socials' at The National Gallery and a pop-up at Grain Store with chef Bruno Loubet.With regular appearances at the BBC Good Food Show, Taste London and more, her work has featured in The Times, The Sunday Times, the Evening Standard, the Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, delicious. magazine, Waitrose Food magazine, Sainsbury's Magazine and BBC Good Food magazine. She has also appeared on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen, BBC2's Great British Menu and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch.Sabrina's debut first cookbook, Persiana, was awarded 'Best New Cookbook' at the Observer Food Monthly awards 2014 and 'Book of the Year' at the 2015 Food & Travel Awards. Her follow up, Sirocco, debuted at no. 1 and was a Sunday Times bestseller.Connect with Sabrina at www.sabrinaghayour.com Twitter @SabrinaGhayourInstagram @SabrinaGhayour

Simon Akeroyd

Simon Akeroyd is a garden writer with a passion for both kitchen gardening and cooking. He contributes to numerous magazines including Grow Your Own (as the Allotment Gardener) and was also a garden and food writer for the BBC. His books include Shrubs and Small Trees, Lawns and Ground Cover, the RHS Allotment Handbook and Planner, A Small Course in Veg and Fruit, RHS Vegetables for the Gourmet Gardener and Raised-Bed Gardening. He was previously a Garden Manager for the Royal Horticultural Society, and worked at both RHS Wisley and Harlow Carr.

Wynnie Chan

Dr. Wynnie Chan is a Public Health Nutritionist, she is also the editor of four books in the McCance and Widdowson's The Composition of Foods series. She has written numerous articles for consumer magazines and newspapers, as well as scientific journals. She appears frequently on TV and radio programmes.