Amerae Vercueil is a food stylist, private chef, and health and fitness guru who, like many other South Africans, found herself out of work as the Covid-19 pandemic locked down the country in 2020. Undaunted, she refocused her skills, found space for a studio in her living room, set up her camera and began cooking. Within two months, she had curated Food That Loves You Back as an ebook. Now, some 18 months later, it is being released in print. Since graduating from culinary school in 2014, Amerae has worked as a pastry chef, food stylist, and food editor for a magazine publisher. Her interest in vegan cookery and alleviating allergies through nutrition has also seen her working with several food producers and retailers to develop vegan menus and recipes. Food That Loves You Back is her first cookbook.