Rukmini is a food stylist and food writer, formerly a lawyer. She loves making food look beautiful for photo shoots, and when she's not cooking, loves entertaining, reading by the riverside and turning her flat into an urban jungle.'
I would read the pastry book cover to cover as a child over breakfast and marvel at the step by step photographs & description of patisserie techniques, albeit nothing I made from the book came out very well. (Ephron lists the reasons why in her brilliant article about the food industry and the Time Life series.)
I know this isn't the most popular of her books, but it's the one I turn to the most often - for Welsh rarebit muffins, pancakes, the masala omelette and absolutely splendid coriander chutney. The fried chicken is 👌 as well.