I write about food in its historical, geographical and social context. I've also written three memoirs with recipes and a couple of doorstopper novels. In an earlier life I was a natural history painter specialising in botany and birds.
....is an award-winning food-writer, journalist and broadcaster who often illustrates her own work. Her most recent cookbook, A Cook's Year in a Welsh Farmhouse with photography by Clare Richardson, was published by Bloomsbury in 2012.
Previous books include European Peasant Cookery (US The Old World Kitchen), European Festival Food and Tapas, all of which are in print with Grub Street. Others include Classic Spanish Cooking and Soups (Octopus), The Latin American Kitchen, The Food of Spain and Portugal and Food Adventure: Introducing your Child to Flavours around the World (Kyle Cathie) - written with daughter-in-law Frances Boswell, and Truffles (Frances Lincoln). She has just completed a four-year stint as Trustee Director of The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, contributes a monthly column to The Oldie Magazine, and is a member of the team at online culinary magazine Zester Daily. She has published 2 novels, one of which, Emerald, won the WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award. Her work as a journalist appears regularly in Country Life, The Daily Mail, The Scotsman, Country Living, Cambria Magazine, The Jewish Chronicle and the TLS.
May 2013 update: My three memoirs-with-recipes, Family Life - birth, death and the whole damn thing, Still Life - cloudberries, klipfisk and what to do when the kids leave home and My Life as a Wife- love, liquor and what to do about the other woman are back in print in paperback from Bloomsbury UK.
November 2013 update: The Old World Kitchen is back in print in the US with Melville House. Strapline on the handsome new cover is Mark Bittman's comment "The greatest cookbook you never heard of!". And it's just been welcomed in q/a interview with The Boston Globe.
15 July 2015 update: I'm currently working on Squirrel Pie and Other Stories, a food-and-travel memoir (with recipes) for publication by Bloomsbury in spring 2016. NB: European Festival Food has been retitled Seasonal European Dishes (Grub Street), a companion volume to Grub Street's paperback edition of European Peasant Cookery.