Alan Snow is an award-winning children s book illustrator and designer who has worked on more than 160 books. His novel, Here Be Monsters (OUP, 2005), was made into an animated film, The Boxtrolls, which spent several weeks at the top of the UK box office in 2015. Fascinated with how things work , Alan turned his attentions towards the kitchen, acquiring sophisticated equipment such as vacuum machine, centrifuge, freeze dryer and shock chiller, and has developed his own culinary lab . He has since consulted for The Ethicurian restaurant, developed absinthe sorbets, worked out how to avoid poisoning people with bitter almonds, failed in industrial espionage while seeking to replicate Berthillion of Paris chocolate sherbet, and gone through over 30 irritations of his almond and apricot ice cream recipes. Alan now runs workshops and courses for professional chefs and cooks, and his gastronomic experiments are due to be filmed for a documentary. Alan has won numerous awards for his work as a children s book illustrator as well as for design and computer animation.