Elisabeth Luard spent much of her childhood in South America. She is an expert on Latin American and Spanish cuisine. Her previous books include Saffron and Sunshine, The Rich Tradition of European Peasant Cookery (made into a 13-part series for BBC2), Tapas, La Ina Book of Tapas, Sainsbury's The Cookery of Spain, Flavours of Andalucia (Glenfiddich winner, 1992) and Sacred Food (Gourmand International Award for Best Culinary History Book, 2001). The Food of Spain and Portugal, published by Kyle Cathie, won a 2004 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Foreign Book. She is a regular contributor to various magazines and newspapers, including Waitrose Food Illustrated and The Oldie.