Rebecca Seal is a food and drink writer and TV presenter. She has published two cookbooks with her photographic collaborator, Steven Joyce. The first was Istanbul - recipes from the heart of Turkey, and the second is The Islands of Greece - recipes from across the Greek seas. She is currently planning their next project. Rebecca is also resident food and drinks expert on Sunday Brunch, a weekly TV show on Channel 4, plus she has a bar and restaurant column every Friday in the Evening Standard and a breakfast recipe column every Saturday in the Guardian.
A hugely comprehensive book, focusing on traditional skills and methods - a book to have on hand if you have a garden glut to preserve, need foolproof pastry, or want to try your hand at cooking game or wild foods.
I know she's a panel chair but I really do use this and her second book, Perfect Too, all the time. Many's the time I've stood, blow-drying a piece of pork for crackling, thinking of Felicity and how ridiculous she is making me look.
Choosing between Yotam's books is like trying to choose between children - I love them all. This one perhaps inches ahead because (as the author of books which aspire to this style) I love cookbooks which are firmly rooted in the places that their recipes evolved in.
Long before everyone started making cauliflower 'rice', this book got me making pesto with cauliflower. It could be prettier - it's all shot on a black background - but it's full of great things to try, especially brunch-y, breakfast-y dishes.