When cookbook author Tessa Kiros turned 18 she left home in South Africa to travel and learn more about the world. She spent her twenties working in different restaurants and with families in London, Sydney, Mexico and Athens, finding mentors to lead her through the twisting paths of global gastronomy.

She’s a collector of many things. Food. People. Colour. Smells. Details. Different cultures and traditions. Why they do what they do and how they put their dishes together. How people, families and nations connect. This diversity is reflected in her food, and although Italian cuisine is her most famous speciality, her dishes reflect her past, with Finnish, Greek and South African influences creeping in occasionally.
We sat down with Tessa and asked her to share a few Italian food tips with us. Read more here.

About the cookbook

Tessa Kiros: The Recipe Collection is a carefully curated selection of recipes from the author's culinary publishing career to date. With over 130 family-friendly meal ideas pulled from some of Tessa's most popular books, The Recipe Collection focuses on the recipes she has lovingly collected and created on her many travels. Food from Tessa's own Finnish and Greek-Cypriot heritage appear alongside dishes she has discovered in the osterias, tavernas, street stalls and neighbourhood kitchens of the many countries she has called home, including Italy, Portugal and South Africa.
Available for purchase on Booktopia.

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