I am a award-winning food journalist and the author of Food Britannia and The Men's Pie Manual. I have appeared on BBC Radio, Channel 4, UKTV, The Guardian, AOL and lovefood.com (of which I was the editor). My print work includes The FT, Waitrose Kitchen and delicious. magazines.
dish ep2: Cheese toasties and the World Pesto Championships

dish ep2: Cheese toasties and the World Pesto Championships

We head to the West Country to find the ultimate cheese toastie and why Ogleshield is the best British cheese for melting. Julia Child’s My Life in France is our book of the month, and we compete in the World Pesto Championships in Genoa, Italy.
Meet dish, the new podcast from delicious. magazine presented by me

Meet dish, the new podcast from delicious. magazine presented by me

So here it is, the new podcast from delicious. magazine produced and presented by me. Episode 1 blasts off to explore cooking and eating in space with former Nasa astronaut, Don Thomas. Back on Earth, we find out about the special role pomegranates play in Persian cuisine. We also hear from...
A trip on the Orient Express

A trip on the Orient Express

There are assignments, and then there are assignments, and a trip on the Venice Simplon Orient Express from Venice to London is defiantly the later. It is, quite possibly, one of the best experiences of my journalistic career, and as close to an experience of time travelling to the Golden...
The Inflating Shopping Basket

The Inflating Shopping Basket

Commissioned at the end of 2013, my latest documentary for Radio 4 was meant to air in Jan 2014. However it was put back until this January for a variety of reasons. So, after ‘a year in the waiting’ in December producer Lucy Proctor and I finally got cracking. The programme...
Dwarf pie with Heston Blumenthal

Dwarf pie with Heston Blumenthal

They say you should never meet your heroes, but when the email arrived asking would I like to talk to Heston about pies, only a total idiot would say no. Now I’ve worked with a few names in this business, but The Man from Bray was without doubt the most...
What's it like to work, live and eat on the road?

What’s it like to work, live and eat on the road?

‘If you’ve got it, it came by truck’ says veteran trucker John Eden at one point during my interview with him for The Food Programme. You can listen to the full programme here. John’s right of course, practically everything we enjoy in Britain today is moved around by an army of...
Food on a pension: what's it like to shop, cook and eat when you're old?

Food on a pension: what’s it like to shop, cook and eat when you’re old?

A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing Recently, I 'time travelled' 30 years into my own food future for Radio 4's The Food Programme. I looked at the eating habits of the elderly, and tried to cook while wearing...
Latest entries

Five of the best: pubs owned by Michelin-star chefs

My latest piece for the FT magazine. The likes of Tom Kerridge and Heston Blumenthal aren’t the only chefs overhauling old boozers and adding an easy-going pub offering to their empires. Here’s five of the best pubs owned or run by chefs.
Five of the best: bread making courses

Five of the best: bread making courses

From pain rustique and sourdough to bagels and gluten-free . . . the FT suggests where to shape your bread-making skills Read more at ft.com

‘Get in the mood’ food for Valentine’s day

Valentine’s day evening must surely be one of the most unromantic times to eat out. A meal ‘enjoyed’ in close proximity of dozens of other couples, none of whom you must look at but whose every word you can hear. If that’s your thing, good luck to you; if not how else should you mark...
Originàrio. Italy through the post

Originàrio. Italy through the post

An extract from my latest article for Good Things magazine. Launched in 2015 by Sissi Semprini, Originario http://originar.io showcases unique artisan Italian produce, the sort of things you only find on a two week off-the-beaten-track-holiday in Italy. These products are normally only available in small, local markets and are made with devotion by craftspeople that...
Five of the best: breakfast delivery services

Five of the best: breakfast delivery services

From rashers to pancakes and granola to black pudding, the first meal of the day can be the best — and the laziest. My latest piece for the FT magazine on breakfast that fits through your letting box. Read more over at FT.com    
Five of the best: Chutney and preserve makers

Five of the best: Chutney and preserve makers

My latest round up for the Financial Times Magazine. A selection of treats by the country’s finest producers of jams, conserves and pickles. Read more over at FT.com  
The whacky world of 1970s cookbooks

The whacky world of 1970s cookbooks

My latest piece for the Guardian on the whacky world of 1970s cookery books. I am tired of identikit distressed boho-chic cookbooks. They’re all the same: full-colour shots, top down, naturally lit, and faux-rustic in style. Rewind to the 1970s and 80s and there were no rules. With limited budgets and costly printing technology, cookery...
Five of the best: ice cream makers

Five of the best: ice cream makers

Luscious summertime flavours — from traditional strawberries and cream to offbeat porcini and chocolate — reward the intrepid aficionado from Covent Garden to Castle Douglas Read more at FT.com
A night of pork, knives at beers

A night of pork, knives at beers

As part of Eat Cambridge last night the upstairs dining room of Pint Shop on Peas Hill played host the first Pork shop. The evening was a resounding success. When planning the evening myself, and owners Benny and Richard, wanted to ensure that guests left with three things. Firstly their bellies full of porky goodness and...
Why I hate 'talking packaging'

Why I hate ‘talking packaging’

Here’s my latest RANT for delicious. magazine on why I hate that certain type of product that ‘speaks’ to you. You know, the ‘keep me in the fridge’, the fake bon homme, the sense that the people behind these items are ordinary chatty chaps rather than a massive corporate juggernaut. As Carlton Douglas Ridenhour once...
The historical bookshelf: Episode 1

The historical bookshelf: Episode 1

So I have a new monthly episode called the Historical Bookshelf (listen here) on Cambridge105fm food show, Flavour. Each episode will look at an unusual, forgotten, or little known food book from my bookshelf. You can listen to the episode here, it’s the first thing in the show. Episode I features Bernard Darwin’s ‘Receipts and Recipes. Being a vade...
Litter, it's not what it used to be

Litter, it’s not what it used to be

Travelling along and A-road this time of year and you can see them, especially now that autumn’s here properly and trees have begun to shed their leaves. Apple trees, dropping fruit all over the edge of the tarmac. I love seeing a fecund apple tree by the side of a road, thinking that years ago...