I am the Food Editor and UK Editorial Team Lead for The Culture Trip. I have appeared on BBC TV & 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.
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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 was a joy to work...
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 truckers, couriers and van drivers....
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 a suit that mimics some...
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 chop one onion’. Yet onions...
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 the programme here, or get...
Who needs cookbooks?

Who needs cookbooks?

How many cookbooks do you own? And how many recipes have you cooked from them? That's the question I ask in a piece I've written for the BBC food site.  As a food journalist I own a lot of books about food. What often surprises people, however, is that I don’t own too many cookery...
Me on Steve Wright's show

Me on Steve Wright’s show

A few weeks ago Steve Wright thumbed through a copy of my book on air and liked the look of it. I ask Random House's PR to see if they'd like me to come on the show and talk about it in person, which they did. Below is my interview with Steve and the crew,...
Interview on The Food Programme BBC Radio 4

Interview on The Food Programme BBC Radio 4

A few weeks ago Tim Hayward and producer Maggie Ayre popped by my house for a cuppa and a chat about new food entrepreneurs. Tim was interested in people who had started new food businesses in the midst of a economic downturn.  I've met many of these small businesses on my travels, indeed my book's...
Food Britannia on Steve Wright's radio show

Food Britannia on Steve Wright’s radio show

    Many thanks to Neil Davey for the tip off that Steve Wright discussed Food Britannia on his radio show. You can listen to Steve and the team here: Food Britannia on Steve Wright's The Big Show. BBC Radio2 No of them knew what Scouse was – though they do now. There was also mention...

Finding supporting content doesn’t get taffa than this!

Having just watched the Masterchef  final where Mssrs Wallace and Torode crowned (though with that trophy branded might be more appropriate) family man and Beaminster resident Mat Follas the winner, I headed over to the beeb site for more post TV buzz/come down.  The BBC homepage had nothing, ditto the /two page, the /food page...

Anthony Worrall Thompson’s Cake of Death!

AWT Death Cake, originally uploaded by eyedropper.co.uk. This is all that remains of a slice Anthony Worrall Thompson’s Snickers Pie, a.k.a The Cake of Death. The recipe was taken down by the food team for ‘recipe checking’… The homepage team answered the call for volunteers to try the cake out, it was very rich and...

BBC London – Could you live without using a supermarket for a month?

Link: Could you live without using a supermarket for a month?.Well the good people of Crystal Palace have been without a supermarket since November 2005. The local gossip on finding a replacement for Morrisons is between Asda and Waitrose. God I hope it’s Waitrose.. their food is fantastic, they’re pretty good at getting decent suppliers...