I’m a award-winning food journalist and the author of Food Britannia. My work has appeared on BBC radio, Channel 4, AOL and lovefood.com (of which I was the editor). My print work includes Waitrose Kitchen and Delicious magazines.
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...
The man who really knows his onions

The man who really knows his onions

Like the rest of us, farm manager Tim Pratt stores onions in a cool, dark, dry place… it just happens to be an old WWII aircraft hanger in Suffolk. Take down one of your cookery books from the shelf, pick a savoury recipe at random, and chances are it begins ‘first...
A close shave with Kate Humble’s sheep

A close shave with Kate Humble’s sheep

In real life Kate Humble is exactly how she is on the telly; a head of tumbling curls, a big smile and a boundless enthusiasm about whatever she’s talking about, be it sheep or volcanos. I visited Kate and her husband Ludo for lovefood.com to see firsthand their new venture,...
What’s the Future for the Cookbook?

What’s the Future for the Cookbook?

In this app-enabled digital age, what’s the future for the printed cookery book? Well The Food Programme asked me to find out, and it’s a lot more complex than you think. You can read all about my day spent criss-crossing London in search of answers on lovefood.com. You can hear...
Video promo for Food Britannia

Video promo for Food Britannia

Here's a short promo for Food Britannia giving you just a taste of what the book's about, to see more of me on film visit the Showreel page, to read a sample of the book and see reviews, visit the Food Britannia page.
Latest entries
Why 'urban foraging' is a complete waste of time

Why ‘urban foraging’ is a complete waste of time

Foraging was all the rage post-credit crunch. Fuelled by survivalist fantasies and a desire to get back to nature after years of decadence, people headed off into the countryside to reap nature’s bounty. But after a while who could be bothered with all that travelling out to the sticks? Not time-poor city folk, that’s for...
What to do with leftover fish and chips?

What to do with leftover fish and chips?

Unlike curry, or even Chinese food, fish and chips isn’t very nice when taken into work the next day for lunch and reheated  in the office microwave. However, a few week’s ago fate threw me a challenge when I over-ordered…  Read the rest on the delicious. blog.    

Five of the best: Sunday lunches to share for the FT

From Cambridge to Cumbria, from ‘drunken’ roast duck to ham hock pie, here’s fare that’s just too good eat on your own Read more at ft.com

Five of the best: restaurants that ‘grow their own’ for the FT

From handpicked salad leaves to chard, courgettes and runner beans, a list of the very best places to eat fresh.  Read more at FT.com

‘Five of the best cheese-making courses’ for the FT

Ever fancied making your own cheese? Well it's not that hard apparently.  Here's my round up for the FT on five of the best cheese-making courses in the UK.  Learn to make your own dairy products, from Camembert and pecorino to yoghurt and butter [Read the rest of the article at ft.com]
4000 pubs to close, and why that might not be a bad thing

4000 pubs to close, and why that might not be a bad thing

The news that the latest issue of The Good Pub Guide predict 'up to 4,000 pubs will close in the next year, but they are the ones "stuck in the 1980s" offering indifferent drink and food' was picked by just about every media outlet going, from the Guardian, to Epworth Bells and Crowle Advertiser . Sometimes stories catch...
The 'test tube' burger, and what it means for meat eaters

The ‘test tube’ burger, and what it means for meat eaters

Of all the weeks to go on holiday I picked the one which saw pretty much everyone in the UK food world attend a press conference to showcase the world's first 'test tube' burger. Not only did I miss that, but also the opportunity to rant about it on the airwaves, having to politely decline...
The 81 ox roasts for the coronation of Elizabeth II

The 81 ox roasts for the coronation of Elizabeth II

It started as a throw item from my book on BBC Three Counties radio as we were talking about coronation chicken. You see in 1953 The Ministry of Food granted applications for communities to roast a whole oxen to celebrate the coronation, but only if they could prove that by tradition, an ox had been...
Lovefood.com wins Guild of Food Writers award

Lovefood.com wins Guild of Food Writers award

Stone the crows, we've only gone and scooped the Best New Media gong at last night's Guild of Food Writers Awards! The judges liked not only our recipes and interviews, but also the fact that we cover important food issues such as food poverty.  The night ended with me filling my trophy vase with negroni in the downstairs...
10 reasons why I hate supermarket self-service checkouts

10 reasons why I hate supermarket self-service checkouts

The phrase 'unexpected item in the baggage area' is guaranteed to bring me out in a fit of blood-boiling rage. Will anything stop the rise of the machines?  I've tried readers, I really have. I get technology; love it, in fact. I bought the first iPod when it came out in 2001, and I own...
An audience with Delia Smith

An audience with Delia Smith

We live in the age of the story, the news angle, the life before and the multifaceted career after… but Delia just isn't built that way. A bit like Cliff Richard, she's never had another job, other than teaching the nation to cook. It's pretty much all she's done. She offered no opinions on the...
Lunch with a little 'un - The Jugged Hare

Lunch with a little ‘un – The Jugged Hare

Pre lunch venue: Art and Science on the Brain, Barbican Venue verdict: Playing with brains, what’s not to like? @foodjournalist adopt me please. @thejuggedhare — Melanie Jappy (@japster2008) April 9, 2013 Neuroscience and brains formed the prelude to the latest lunch with a little ‘un, and you can’t get cooler than getting kids into science....