Journalism

The Curse of the Blue Nun - Guardian Word of Mouth, 20.10.10

The Curse of the Blue Nun - Guardian Word of Mouth, 20.10.10

I write a weekly column in the Guardian’s G2 (which appears online, and more fully, on their Word of Mouth blog), and one for the New Statesman. I’ve also written extensively for the Metro, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, the Financial Times‘ Weekend magazine, olive and Tim Hayward’s excellent food quarterly, Fire & Knives. My recipes have appeared in jamie and Sainsbury’s magazine, and my first book, Perfect, was published by Fig Tree in August 2011. I’m currently working on a second book, also for Fig Tree, which will be published in 2013.

Starting out, I spent four years at fresh and fresh escapes magazines, latterly as Deputy Editor, writing on everything from foraging to Finland, and interviewing the likes of Heston Blumenthal and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Hugh while out fishing for mackerel in a force six gale).

I was also their drinks editor (ah, those were the days), to which end I hold the Wine & Spirits Education Trust’s ‘Advanced Certificate in Wines & Spirits’ (with a Distinction no less). I’ve completed the Diageo Malt Advocates course up at Royal Lochnagar, stayed up till dawn tasting Fino at the Jerez fiesta, and reckon I make a pretty fine damson gin.

I also dabble in subbing (mostly for delicious magazine), recipe editing and testing, and, occasionally copywriting.