author| journalist | broadcaster
I am an author, journalist and broadcaster who writes (mostly) about food and recipes in their historical, geographical and social context. My work as a cookery writer includes about fifteeen cookbooks and four memoirs with recipes: Family Life ; Still Life ; My Life as a Wife and Squirrel Pie (all in print with Bloomsbury). And just for good measure, a couple of doorstopper novels - Emerald (WHSmith's "Thumping Good Read Award") and Marguerite, both published by Bantam in the 1980's.
Grub Street has recently republished European Peasant Cookery (for the 13-part tv series based on the book, see The Rich Tradition @TalkingofFood.com), European Seasonal Food, Tapas, The Flavours of Andalucia (including my own watercolours throughout); Preserving, Potting and Pickling, a companion volume to European Peasant Cookery first published as The Barricaded Larder, is out from Grub Street at the end of April, 2020 in a brand new edition with my own ink-and-watercolour illustrations.
As a journalist, my back-story includes several years (each) as the cookery columnist at Country Living, Waitrose Food Illustrated, The Field, The Scotsman and the Daily Telegraph (with occasional forays into lifestyle pieces for the Daily Mail). These days I contribute a monthly cookery-column with illustration to The Oldie magazine and am the current Chair of The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery.
As a bird-painter in an earlier life - I trained (briefly) at Byam Shaw and City and Guilds in Kennington - I had two one-woman shows at The Tryon Gallery (Cork Street, London) in the 1980's and contributed a couple of owl-prints (barn and tawny) to the WWF. As a botanical artist, I worked for Kew in 1970's and for the great biologist Miriam Rothschold in the 1980's and 90's (providing b&w's for her Butterfly Gardener). Since then, I continue to illustrate my own work whenever I get the chance and record my travels with sketchbook and watercolours.
In the spirit of tidying-up and sizing down, I'm putting up some of my work for sale through the Shop...you'll find it on the drop-down menu at the top.