It’s hard to introduce Nikki Werner without also mentioning Brandon de Kock – her partner and co-author of Cook. Better. The couple has been cooking, eating and travelling together for 14 years. Through their work they’ve met a lot of chefs, eaten at a lot of restaurants, done a lot of research and made a lot of notes. In essence, they’re aggregators of good and useful information. What it means is that while most cookbooks are about the author, this cookbook of theirs is really about the person doing the cooking. That said, Nikki studied journalism and has compiled the food pages for titles such as Elle Decoration and Marie Claire, in addition to stints as food editor for Fair Lady and Women’s Health magazine. She currently works as a food researcher, writer and consultant.