My book is out now!

SMALL FIRES : An Epic in the Kitchen August 2022, ONE/ Pushkin Press

Selected Recent Work

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The Canteen, in London Feeds Itself (buy here)

What happened when I began to treat cooking like thinking, an essay for the FT Magazine

Not Cooking in Rome, an essay about pizza time and the streets in Rome as canteen, for The London Magazine

On Sandwiches, for The Guardian

The Recipe, an extract of SMALL FIRES in Granta magazine (issue 160)

The recipe for blue was red, my essay in issue 5 of arts journal Bricks from the Kiln (buy here)

A Palace for the People, an essay about popcorn and cinemas, for Pipe Wrench

Against Roast Chicken, an Hors D’Oeuvres Theory of Cooking  in the anthology ‘In the Kitchen: Essays on Food and Life’ (Daunt)

Qualities of Earth an essay in Granta 

I Dream of Canteens an essay on canteens

A Partial List of Rome a list-essay about Rome

On Weeds in the London Review of Books online

TENANCY: on recipes an essay for MAP magazine

An Essay on The Erotics of Culinary Knowledge for Vittles 

Crunching Delicately review of M.F.K Fisher’s Gastronomical Me and a biography of Patience Gray in the Times Literary Supplement

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I earned a PhD in Contemporary Literature from UCL in 2016. The monograph based on my research into a rewriting of The Odyssey by German poet Barbara Köhler was published in 2019

In December 2020 I was awarded a Society of Authors grant to support the writing of SMALL FIRES. I have been awarded a John R. Murray Creative Writing Residency at the British School in Rome in September 2021. In 2020 I was nominated for an Arts Foundation Environmental Writing Fellowship by Granta.

My writing has appeared in Granta, The Photographer’s Gallery, The Happy Reader, Luncheon, Tribune, The Plant, Times Literary Supplement, The Financial Times, Grub Zine, and others.

Dinner Document is my recipe diary 2011-2021

Represented by Harriet Moore at David Higham Associates 

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Photograph by Sophie Davidson