Skye Gyngell's skill in combining ingredients in a way that heightens their freshness and flavour is second to none. Her cooking at Petersham Nurseries has won many awards and her previous two books have been highly acclaimed. Now, Skye turns her attention to home cooking. In How I Cook she focuses on the food she cooks for friends and family, with an original collection of over 100 recipes based around meal occasions - breakfast, Sunday lunch, alfresco eating, afternoon tea, simple weekday dinner, late night supper and celebrations - such as Christmas and Easter. Skye's home cooking is influenced by the seasons but it is also the sense of occasion that inspires her creativity. The layers of flavour that typify Skye's dishes are evident throughout, but recipes are more straightforward and based on ingredients that are easy for the home cook to obtain. All techniques are carefully explained and illustrated, and Skye reveals the secrets of her success, based on her years of experience in the kitchen. In addition, Skye provides menu suggestions throughout the book to create beautifully balanced meals. The final chapter 'Time to spare' presents a lovely selection of original preserves and other food that can be prepared ahead to enjoy later.
Skye Gyngell is head chef at Petersham Nurseries Cafe in Richmond, Surrey, and an established food writer, contributing regularly to the Independent on Sunday, Vogue and delicious.
Born in Australia, Skye has worked as a chef in Sydney, Paris and London. Since 2004, she has been pivotal in establishing Petersham's reputation for excellent food and an impressive number of awards. including its first Michelin star in 2011.
A Year in my Kitchen was named the Guild of Food Writers 'Cookery Book of the Year' in 2007 and 'Best Food Book' at Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards. The sequel, My Favourite Ingredients, was published in 2008. A further book, How I Cook, was published in Autumn 2010.