A bit about me

me and the margarita
I’m a freelance journalist and writer – mostly food and drink, but occasionally with a wider menu – based in London. I’m the one that does that How to Make the Perfect…. column that pops up in the Guardian every Thursday, and the New Statesman’s food columnist too, covering everything from childhood obesity to the joy of a sticky bun. (All the important stuff, obviously.) I have also written for the FT, Observer, Daily Mail, Daily TelegraphMetro, olive, delicious, Literary Review, Sainsbury’s magazine, Waitrose Food Illustrated and Fire and Knives.

I’m the author of four books, all published by Fig Tree: Perfect (2011), Perfect Host: 162 easy recipes for feeding people and having fun (2013), Perfect Too (2014) and The A-Z of Eating, out this April.

I was utterly delighted to be a guest judge on the tenth series of BBC2’s Great British Menu in  2015, airing my views on soggy bottoms in the Northern Irish heats, pickled red cabbage in the main course finals and committing atrocities against goats while attempting to help poor old Matt Gillan with his dish for the banquet (the worst stuff happens 14:22 minutes in).

On the drinks front, I’ve bagged the Wine & Spirits Education Trust’s ‘Advanced Certificate in Wines & Spirits’ (with a Distinction because I am a spod), completed the Diageo Malt Advocates course up at Royal Lochnagar, stayed up till dawn tasting Fino at the Jerez fiesta, and once made some inadvisable bacon-washed bourbon.

I like trifle, terriers, travelling, running, riesling and reading. I do not like truffles or tinned tuna. My favourite cocktail is the Boulevardier.