TESSA KIROS is the author of seven bestselling titles, including: Apples for Jam, Falling Cloudberries, Twelve, Piri Piri Starfish: Portugal Found, and Venezia. No-one captures the spirit and soul of a place quite like Tessa, born in London to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father, her family moved to South Africa when she was four. At the age of 18 Tessa set off to travel, to learn all she could about the world's cultures and traditions and discover new ways of living and eating. She has cooked at London's The Groucho Club and in Sydney, Athens, and Mexico. On a trip to Italy, to study the Italian language and food, she met her husband Giovanni; they now live in Tuscany with their two children.