Reading List (23/5)

I loved this essay on experimenting with carrot cake making.

That whole ‘give up avocado toast and you’ll have enough money to buy a house‘ argument is doing the rounds again.

Histories of food photography.

I have all three of these books on my list of summer reads.

I agree with this: you should always have cookie dough in your freezer. Plus the dark chocolate, pistachio and smoked sea salt cookie recipes looks divine.

I read and really loved The Only Street in Paris. I fell in love with the rue des Martyrs when we visited Paris two years ago and ventured onto the street in search of Rose Bakery. I was instantly charmed by the independent shops, and all the bakeries. I desperately want to plan another trip to Paris, and stay on the street!

Focusing on what is under your control might help you make the best of things.

I just bought an ice-cream machine and this new book. So far I’ve managed to mess-up some salted caramel ice-cream by creating burnt caramel ice-cream and messing up the custard! But I’m determined to persevere. The rewards are worth it. Bring on the warmer weather.

Have a good week! x

Reading List (16/5)

Ice cream

A multi-course menu based on food trends over the last 140 years. Please can we do this for a supper club sometime?

This video of animals visiting a bucket of water.

A mother lamenting dinner times.

Realities of food industry work.

Diversity in restaurants. Why do we not see and hear more voices from women and people of colour when it comes to fine-dining and haute cuisine. An article to make you think. And reassess your ideas.

Food and politics in France.

Food52 needs your dessert recipe help!

These buttermilk pancakes. For the weekend, maybe.

Filo pastry ideas, courtesy of Ottolenghi.

The Joy of Cooking.

Guidelines to a braai. Now I am a little homesick.

Food and politics in Australia.

On excess in the food world.

A manifesto for this year, and every year, when things are hard.


Reading List (9/5)

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Funniest explanation of British food. For Americans.

An exercise in self-compassion.

A food writing programme in upstate NY. I interned here a few years ago, and it was fab. If you are looking for some food writing/food media training, this programme looks fantastic.

Why creativity is important for young people.

The importance of wild and heirloom varieties of crops for biodiversity and the food system.

Learning to forgive oneself.

‘A cookbook is a confection of imagined greed, virtual travel and convivial conversation, and only secondarily – if at all – a practical manual for preparing meals.’ Fabulous review.

Growing cacao pods in London.

Some advice on potager gardens.

The rise of a superfood.

A conversation about creating a cookbook on Tuscan markets. Trip to Italy anyone?

The importance of dates in Oman.

Chefs making their own pottery for their diners (to eat the food off). This reminds me of the El Bulli retrospective exhibition that I went to see a few years ago, at Somerset House. For Ferran Adria, what you ate off, and the implements you used was just as important as the food you consumed. It is a fascinating way of meshing food with art, in a very logical way.

Brunch ideas.

In a few days last week I read The Roanoke Girls. It was super weird and incredibly disturbing and I had to keep reading it in order to find out what happens in the end. Recommend it for holiday reading or if you’re struggling to read something.

A seriously thought-provoking podcast on grief and recovery between Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. I found myself nodding in agreement or thinking, by god, that is a brilliant way to go about things all the way through the podcast. Sad, heart-wrenching and intelligent conversations on recovering from the unexpected loss of a loved one.

Have a good week all! x

Reading List (2/5)

Hope you had a good May day!

The arrival of spring (we keep hoping for slightly warmer weather) means peas! And I love this description of eating them straight from the pod in a mad gust. Plus the recipe looks delightful.

Discovering a Ghanaian heritage through food and cooking.

I love this series from Olia Hercules on starting to grow on an allotment. Plus a list of books to read for advice and/or inspiration.

Ideas of how a shorter working week would be beneficial.

Saving your local library. (Ideas from Teen Vogue nogal).

Too many cookbooks.

Swimming in Scotland.

Bring on ice-cream season. Thanks.

‘Baking is handwork, and for me, all that is joyful, comforting, gratifying and even magical about this work is packed into the simple act of making biscuits. I practice a kind of meditation while I make them’. I love love love Dorie Greenspan, and I love this little essay. I find this is true for me too – baking is a form of meditation. For non-American readers, biscuits here refer to those baked goods very akin to scones. (We even had a debate about biscuits and scones whilst on holiday on Skye recently. These are the kinds of conversations that are had when you have inter-continental friendships.) My Ngonu’s recipe is still my favourite. After asking for it about once every few months, my mother finally sent me an email copy of the recipe, so I can access it wherever I am…

A quiche recipe from Violet Cakes. I love quiche. I should make it more often.

A recipe for preserved lemons.

A reading list from Orangette. I’ve already bookmarked most of these.

This past week, I visited the Science Museum for one of the ‘lates’.  It seems to me basically an opportunity to fully geek out, wander freely around the museum, and do all the sorts of cool things children get to do normally. Plus there is alcohol. (There is something infinitely pleasing walking around a museum while drinking. It feels like you’re breaking the rules. Even though you totally are not.) The theme was food and drink so we decorated cookies, made sugar mice, played innuendo bingo and an aphrodisiac board game, and got to dance our hearts out underneath the rockets as part of a silent disco. Thoroughly recommend if you’re in London – last Wednesday of every month.

Science museum

Have a good week folks! I’m in London briefly, and then on a writing retreat.


Reading List (25/4)


On book hoarding. I am very familiar with this problem. At present, there is a stack of unread books by my bedside and more mounting on the shelf in our bedroom. So many lovely books.

Pistachio cake.

Has the wellbeing cure gotten to individualistic? Should we be looking for ways to build community, rather than focusing on our individual wellbeing as the world burns?

Anna Jones’ recommendations for food and coffee in London.

Advice on getting rest (and why you should do this).

Food in books.

Spring pasta ideas.


Have a good week! x


Reading List (18/4)

Sea view Skye

I have been away this past week so I don’t actually have a very long list. (And this is also why I am publishing this so late today!) I’ve read a few things on The Guardian and The New York Times but I’ve mainly been reading a book called An Enchanted April, which I have just loved. It is, quite frankly, an enchanting read. (See what I did there?) The story has made me smile, sigh, and wish for Italy in springtime. I have loved the writing enough to seek out another of her books – Elizabeth and her German garden – to read this week.

Kitchen envy.

Christiane Amanpour’s favourite books.

It’s all about sleep people. As someone who loves to sleep, and is appreciative of at least 9 hours a night, I am all for this trend.

A new exhibition at MoMA on women artists.

I want to read this book. A review of Tartine All Day, yet another cookbook I want to read.

Oatmeal fudge bars. Please. Also, these almond cookies.

Have a good week! x

Reading List (11/4)

PhDs and mental health.

Cynthia Nixon reading Emily Dickinson.

Easter and Passover ideas for feasting from Ottolenghi.

Easter baking. That chocolate pistachio cake. My god.

On creativity.

A disappointing restaurant experience in Paris.


Cookbooks from chefs.

Apple beignets. This just reminds me of the Princess and the Frog.

We’re currently on the Isle of Skye for the week. I am reading Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own which I am loving. (Thanks WhatsApp bookclub!) It is all about living along as a woman in the modern world, written by someone who has five female writer gurus. In essence, it is about how to live a good life, alone.