Author(s): Florence Knight
'The kitchen was what brought my family together. Meals were about making the best of seasonal ingredients, improvising with what we had (even if what we had didn't exactly go together) and experimenting, sometimes to the point of absurdity. It was fun and it was about sharing and most of all it was about coming together, being one.' In this, her first cookbook, Florence turns her attention to the kitchen store cupboard to create imaginative, honest food from her favourite ingredients: olive oil, flour, mustard, vinegar, salt, ketchup, nuts, eggs, honey and chocolate. 'Less is more' typifies Florence's style. She cooks with delicacy and almost poetic simplicity but with a meticulous attention to detail that manifests itself in dishes of rare and delightful flavours. - Russell Norman, Polpo
Florence Knight is head chef at Polpetto in Soho. She studied at London College of Fashion before deciding to follow her passion for food, studying at Leiths School of Food and Wine. She then went on to work with French master baker Richard Bertinet, as a pastry chef at the Diamond Club, where the kitchen was led by Raymond Blanc, and in 2010 joined Polpetto, the small Venetian-inspired restaurant owned by Russell Norman.