Of LEON: Ingredients & Recipes, Giles Coren of The Times said, "Without doubt, the coolest food book I have ever seen."
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About the Author
Originally from Marin County, California, Claire Ptak worked as a pastry cook and later pastry chef for Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA before moving to London where she started Violet Cakes on an East End market stall in 2005. Claire's American-style bakes have a very loyal following and regularly sell out at her and two market stalls and recently opened store. In addition to making cakes, Claire Ptak is a food stylist, food writer and food developer. Recent projects include her The Whoopie Pie Book
. As a food stylist she has worked with Yotam Ottolenghi and Jamie Oliver. Claire's cakes have been featured widely in newspapers and magazines, including Elle
, Time Out
, the New York Times
and Food & Wine
Claire continues to work with Alice Waters at special events worldwide, including the inauguration of President Obama. She recently worked with friends Todd Selby, and Ignacio Mattos on the opening of the new Brooklyn hotspot ISA in Williamsburg.
Henry Dimbleby is one of the co-founders of the restaurant chain LEON in London, first opened in July 2004. Their goal was to change the face of fast food 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 nine restaurants serving over 50,000 people a week.