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Ask many of the world’s best chefs what they do for a living, and they may well tell you they are artists. The notion of food as an art form isn’t a new one, but the idea usually conjures up images of sumptuous high-end restaurant dishes – which while undoubtedly delicious, are almost impossible for the average person to make at home.

However we think cooking your own nourishing food is also an art, no matter how talented you are in the kitchen. We’re simply home-cooks with a passion for healthy eating, real ingredients and easy, accessible meals; there are no fancy knife skills here.

We try to promote using up leftovers and adapting recipes to use seasonal produce and suit individual tastes. We encourage experimentation – adding more or less of ingredients to enhance your favourite flavours and avoid waste will mean you can make the same recipe again. And each time it will be a new creation.

You don’t need to buy tonnes of obscure ingredients in order to make a creative meal; in fact we’re never more inventive than when we are working with what we’ve got. A final flourish to any dish can make it look a bit fancier if you want to impress – all it takes is a scattering of seeds, fresh herbs, a dollop of pesto or some parmesan shavings.

With our first book, The Art Of Eating Well, we began to explore how to create tasty, healthy and hassle-free meals every day. With our recently launched second book Good + Simple we demonstrate just how easy it is to embrace food as an uncomplicated, achievable art that everyone can enjoy.

Like all art, food adds an enriching dimension to our lives and can also be intensely personal. Our cooking reflects and is greatly inspired by our history and memories. Each dish we create is rooted in a tangible life experience – whether it’s our bangers and mash with onion gravy, which is an old childhood favourite, or our fish amok curry, which we were taught by a chef in Cambodia.

Travelling has always been a huge inspiration to us, and our recipes often include an eclectic mix of world flavours. There’s a strong Filipino influence from our mum – we’ve inherited her love of tangy, slightly sour Asian flavours like lime, ginger and tamarind. We lived in Germany for a few years as children, so sauerkraut and other probiotic, fermented foods are also firm favourites.

As well as experiencing new cultures, ingredients and flavours, one of the best things about travelling is discovering new restaurants, cafés and bars, which share our philosophy and passion for healthy, wholesome food. Here are some of our favourite spots for mouth-watering food from across the globe.

Manfreds & Vin

Copenhagen

Founded by Christian F. Puglisi, who owns a further four restaurants in the city. Picture a simple, rustic setting with biodynamic wine and incredibly tasty veg. The parsley tarragon salad picked fresh from the forest is a must-try.

The Store Kitchen at Soho House

Berlin

Our wonderful friends Tommy Tannock and Johnny Collins run this place, and if you want a salad with complex flavours and seasonal ingredients then this is the place to go.

The Smile

New York

Set in a cosy townhouse in downtown Manhattan, this joint is firmly rooted in the community. It’s packed full of locals on any given day and with good reason – the Mediterranean menu is to die for.

Flax & Kale

Barcelona

This eatery is homely and drenched in natural light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. The grilled watermelon with goat’s cheese makes for a crunchy yet creamy starter. If it’s a sunny day (which it often is in Barcelona) then ask for a seat on the roof terrace and enjoy your meal al fresco.

Kamalaya

Ko Samui

A wellness destination hotel and spa that serves the most wonderful-to-wake-up-to breakfasts – think eggs, buckwheat pancakes, fresh papaya and wheatgrass shots. For lunch try the deliciously spiced coconut curries with fresh local seafood.

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