I have been a food author and food stylist for over 25 years and I have more than 30 cook books to my name. I began in London where I worked alongside some of the best food photographers in the industry, shooting for all the top food magazines. I became food editor of several titles during that time including BBC Vegetarian Food magazine and Options Magazine, as well as being a contributing author to many others including BBC Good Food, Food & Travel Magazine, Country Living, House & Gardens and Good Housekeeping.
I wrote my first cookbook ‘The Inspired Vegetarian’ for American book publisher Stewart, Tabori & Chang in 1993. This book changed many people’s conceptions of vegetarian food at the time and sparked the beginning of a successful and very diverse career as a cookbook author. My cook books have sold thousands of copies around the world and have covered subjects such as Barbecues, Baking, Picnics, Thai cooking, Salads and Dressings, Paella and my latest cook book Oodles of Noodles.
After much success in London, I relocated to Sydney in 2000 with my husband, internationally recognised food & lifestyle photographer Ian Wallace. We began working closely together as a sought after team of food writer, stylist and food photographer for all the high-end magazines including Gourmet Traveller, Vogue Entertaining & Travel, Delicious Australia and Taste.com.au amongst others. I became food editor on two great lifestyle titles, Real Living magazine and InsideOut magazine.
Together, Ian and I also worked for many of the book publishers In Australia especially ACP Women’s Weekly, where we shoot and styled over 40 books together many of which became best sellers.
In 2013 we moved back to Europe and settled in a beautiful part of SW France. We continue to work together from our home here in France writing, styling and shooting for various international clients. I opened Come Cook In France, my cookery school earlier this year so I could share my love of what I do.
Where it all started – I grew up on a farm in rural England eating home grown food. I fell in love with cooking in my early twenties and it was then that I decided to follow my heart into working in the culinary world. My journey has taken me all over the globe where I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best chefs and cooks. Yes, I have been inspired by great chefs in fancy restaurants but far more often I have been blown away by food cooked from roadside stalls, a kitchen perched on the back of a motorbike or a hole in the wall cafe serving simple yet quite extraordinary and totally unforgettable dishes.
The job of a food stylist is to cook and present dishes for magazines and cook books. It means you get to cook dishes from cultures around the world from Peru, to Italy. Scandinavia to Australia. Japan to Morocco. I have learnt so much by these experiences and this is my skill-base. It is why I love a tagine as much as a ramen, a tortilla as much as a risotto, sushi as much and fish and chips. This is what I want to teach others, the joys of cooking, the creativity of combining cultures but most of all the pleasure of eating really good food.
2017 is an exciting time for us and a new chapter in my career as I open my home and kitchen to cook with other people who share a passion for cooking.