Claire Ptak, co-author of Leon: Baking & Puddings, has been chosen to make Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding cake.
'Leon is the future.' - The TimesThe first Leon restaurant, in London's Carnaby Street, opened its doors in July 2004. For its founders - Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy - the aim was to change the face of fast food, by bringing fresh, wholesome cooking to the high street. Six months later, Leon was named the Best New Restaurant in Great Britain at the Observer Food Monthly Awards.
Leon: Baking & Puddings is their third cookbook, and contains hundreds of recipes for everyone from the novice cook to the baking aficionado. Following the Leon principle that what tastes good can also do you good, three-quarters of the recipes are sugar, dairy, wheat or gluten free - so there's plenty to indulge in even if you have a food allergy, an intolerance or one eye on your waistline. Co-authored by Henry Dimbleby and Claire Ptak, it is a book of two halves. The first contains recipes for Every Day: granolas, cakes, breads, pizzas, and puddings to enjoy as often as you like. The second half - Celebration - contains recipes for all sorts of special occasions, from Easter and Christmas to weddings and even funerals. Flourless chocolate fudge cake, toffee apples, caramelized onion and olive tart, plum ice-cream - there is something in here to tickle every fancy.
Claire Ptak - former pastry chef at the legendary California restaurant Chez Panisse, and now chef-proprietor of Violet Cakes in LondonHenry Dimbleby is co-founder of Leon, the award-winning fast food chain that serves healthy fast food. Together with John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy, they opened their first restaurant on London's Carnaby Street in July 2004, and 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 43 Leon restaurants.
Part one: Everyday INTRODUCTION A guide to ingredients Tools, tips & techniques Tips on cooking without wheat, sugar and dairy RECIPES Breakfast Power snacks Tea time Puds Cooking with children Bread & yeast Chocolate & sweets Part two: celebration Easter St George's Day Mother's Day Father's Day Wimbledon Halloween Bonfire Night Thanksgiving Christmas Hogmanay Eid Valentine's Day Birthdays Christenings Wakes BONUS FEATURES