I'm an Irish cookbook author and food writer, born in Belfast and raised in the Co. Antrim countryside. For thirty five years I've lived in France, at first working in fashion and tourism and raising four children. Then, just as I founded my first small business in 2000, I accidentally started writing cookbooks, and since then have continued writing about food, mostly in French, for the French.
I've now published over thirty, multi award-winning (the latest, in 2020, ‘My Comfort Food’ was awarded Le Grand Prix Eugénie Brazier), widely translated books in English and French, presented five cookery TV series for the BBC and RTÉ , and in 2009 I was listed as one of French Vogue and GQ’s40 Women of the decade. Here's a BBC Radio 4 Food Programme where I talk to Sheila Dillon about my this period of my life in France and return (escape!) to Ireland in 2015 after a very French divorce.
I've written about food, travel and restaurants for ELLE and ELLE à Table, Régal, France Magazine, Wallpaper Guides, The Guardian, The Observer Food Monthly, Libération, The Sunday Times, The Gloss, Ireland and The Irish Times.
These days, home is in Poitou Charentes, where in 2024, I’m taking a most welcome breather from commissioned writing, and shall be throwing myself into renovating my third old cottage in as many years, as well as properly launching my French antique business. I can’t wait to share it all with you.
A bientôt. Je vous embrasse. Tx