Sally Butcher’s Meze: Snacks, Small Plates and Street Food from the Middle East

Book cover for Meze: Snacks, Small Plates and Street Food from the Middle East by Sally Butcher

Meze: Snacks, Small Plates and Street Food from the Middle East is my first introduction to the work of Sally Butcher who has had a very successful career in food as a writer of many cookbooks such as Persia in Peckham, Veggiestan and Snackistan and also as the owner and chef of the iconic Peckham-based ... Read more »

Oats in the North, Wheat from the South by Regula Ysewijn

Book jacket for Oats in the North, Wheat from the South: The History of British Baking, Savoury and Sweet by Regula Ysewijn

Regula Ysewijn has had a fascination with British food since she was a young child, which may not sound that unusual until you learn that she was born and grew up in Belgium. Baking is a particular passion of hers, which informed both her first book Pride and Pudding, and her latest title, Oats in ... Read more »

Lockdown Musings | Thoughts About Spice

Black peppercorns

Stories are powerful, they shape our cultural identity, teach us how to behave in our communities and tell us what is valuable. In the process of storytelling, speaking and listening refer to realities that do not involve just the imagination. The speech is seen, heard, smelled, tasted, and touched. It destroys, brings life, nurtures. ~ ... Read more »

Lockdown Musings | One Perfect Day

Traditional stone home in Montgesty

Being locked up for the past two months has us reminiscing about some of our travel experiences from the recent past. Here’s one of our favourites from a trip to southwest France. It was one of those magical days that, if you are lucky, happens maybe one time in every 10 trips. It started when ... Read more »

Tim Anderson’s Japaneasy

Tim Anderson's Japaneasy cookbook

Recently, I reviewed Tim Anderson’s Vegan Japaneasy. Now I want to tell you about his previous title, Japaneasy. Stylistically – in voice and in approach – both cookbooks are stamped with the humour, personality, skill and enthusiasm of their author, so I’ll avoid duplicating my own equally enthusiastic approval of all four traits (warning: probably ... Read more »