Pride & Pudding is an unusual cookbook, but one that's been loved by critics and the public alike – making it into most of the key 'best cookbooks of 2016' lists from the newspapers and booksellers. It's a recipe-led history of the most British of dishes – the pudding, both sweet and savoury – written and photographed by Flemish blogger and British food enthusiast, Regula Ysewijn. 

The book is packed with recipes from the 14th century to the modern day.  It's illustrated by her husband, art director Bruno Vergauwen, in a style that draws both from the shaded and coloured line art of art nouveau (and much modern digital art) and more traditional fine art.

I sat down with Bruno to discuss the project, his creative process for the artworks and his approach as an artist.

Neil Bennett: Hi Bruno. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Bruno Vergauwen: "I was born and raised in Belgium, where I still live today. I come from a creative family, so you could say creativity is in my blood. While other kids went on holiday with their parents, our summers were spent with a huge block of clay or pots of paint. We loved every minute of it.

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