Rachel de Thample has worked in the kitchens of Marco Pierre White, Heston Blumenthal and Peter Gordon. She is the author of More Veg, Less Meat, FIVE, Tonics & Teas and Gifts from the Modern Larder. She’s served as Commissioning Editor of Waitrose Food Illustrated and Head of Food for the pioneering organic box scheme Abel & Cole. Rachel currently runs preserving and fermentation courses at River Cottage in Devon and writes for The Simple Things magazine. She lives in Crystal Palace, London, where she has helped set up numerous local food initiatives, including the award-winning Crystal Palace Food Market.