I’m a freelance food writer, a member of the Guild of Food Writers and author of fifteen books, ranging from cookery books to ingredient guides. Over the years I’ve written for a variety of publications, including The Guardian, Time Out’s Eating Out guides and The Times. My website work has included researching and writing for the British Library’s Food Stories website, a fascinating project using audio-clips from the Life Stories collection.
Born in London, my interest in food stems from living as a child in Singapore and Italy, places where good food is important to the community, both taken for granted and relished as a great pleasure.
I’m an inveterate food shopper, always on the look-out for ingredients to cook with or delicious things to eat, whether it be tangy barberries from an Iranian supermarket or a freshly baked barbecued pork bun from one of Chinatown’s bakeries. London’s fantastically diverse food scene offers constant inspiration for recipes, articles and books such as Food Lovers’ London and The London Cookbook.