Meet Our Authors

Kathy Tsaples

Renowned for her Sweet Greek produce shop, Kathy Tsaples now shares her favourite recipes learned in her mother’s kitchen, in this beautifully produced book.

Kathy’s story is inspirational. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she quit her profession to pursue her dream of cooking and opening a shop to offer the best of authentic Greek cuisine. Thousands of Melburnians are glad she did! She is the author of two Sweet Greek cookbooks.

Helen Tzouganatos

Helen is a passionate cook, food stylist and photographer. She discovered she was a coeliac while undergoing IVF in 2007. She quickly became fed up with having to drive ten kilometres and pay over ten dollars for a dense loaf of gluten free bread. She was determined not to let her gluten intolerance get in the way of her love of baking. She started developing gluten free recipes of her own and has built a rapidly-growing following on Instagram that currently stands at over 14,000 for the simplicity, quality and beautiful presentation of her food. She is the author of Hungry and Fussy: Easy and delicious gluten free baking for everyone.

Coskun Uysal

Raised dirt poor in the back streets of Istanbul, Coskun was inspired by his mother’s cooking and followed his dream by paying his dues in the restaurant trade in Turkey before opening his own very successful Istanbul restaurant, Moreish. After following his partner to Melbourne, Coskun worked in restaurants saving to open his own establishment. The early days of the restaurant were difficult: ‘I struggled each day with second- hand equipment in the kitchen, I survived through stove tops not working in the middle of service, plates and glasses breaking, and all the usual mishaps. What I learned from this experience is that if you believe in what you do, you just follow your dream, work harder than anyone else and remain positive.’ He also had to overcome the stereotype of a Turkish restaurant with people calling to ask if they had a belly dancer on the weekend! Tulum takes traditional, usually Anatolian, recipes and gives them contemporary twists using modern techniques. Coskun’s Australian diners can now appreciate the varieties and rich traditions of Turkish cuisine, which is a far cry from its old image of dips and kebabs. 

Maxwell N. Waugh

Dr Max Waugh is a former Victorian Government in the Education Faculty at Monash University in primary school teacher, school principal, and later Melbourne. As a teenager, Max was a cadet in the lecturer in the History of Education at Deakin and Air Training Corps, North Melbourne Squadron, and Monash Universities. Currently retired, he has an completed his National Service training at the RAAF and is author of Soldier Boys and An Ungodly Generation.

Emma White

Emma White grew up in country Victoria and after completing a BA in Classics at Melbourne University travelled to Canada where she spent several years teaching snowboarding and working in ski fields in North America and New Zealand. After Kev’s accident and their trip to Australia, she returned to university in Calgary and completed a BSc in Environmental Geology. She worked as a hydrogeologist for a few years at an engineering consulting company where she got to drive ice roads and drill wells in between writing hydraulic assessments. She is currently completing a PhD in Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne which she commenced after moving back to Australia with Kev. They now live in Melbourne with twins.

She is the author of Broken.

Amy Zurrer

Amy Zurrer is the historian for the World Trade Centre. She completed two Bachelor's degrees and a Master's degree in Canada, before moving to Australia in 2008 to commence further postgraduate study at the University of Melbourne. After being recommended by the university, she was taken on as a full-time historian by Asset1 WTC. Her work focuses on the World Trade Centre, the Yarra River, Wharves of the World and early history of Melbourne, and she has assisted greatly in supporting the neighbouring Mission to Seafarers Centre and its role within the community.