I eat therefore I am.
As a child I watched my mother and grandmother prepare and cook fresh, wholesome food and as an adult I have done the same. My own grown up kids are continuing this family tradition albeit with occasional fast food lapses. Nowadays I run a design and publishing business just outside Cambridge, UK but in the past I was art director of Good Housekeeping magazine and Time-Life Books where I was closely involved with The Good Cook, a series of more than 20 wonderful books, written by the late Richard Olney. We had our own purpose built photo studio and test kitchen and the raison-d’être of each book was to record the preparation and cooking of just about every food. This was not a job that encouraged a healthy waistline as at the end of each photo shoot we ate the “props”.
In the village where I live I have a friend who runs our local butchers shop, renowned locally as it has its own slaughter house where small scale farmers bring in their stock in one’s and two’s. Another friend owns the last remaining orchard in what was once a major fruit growing area. He specialises in heritage varieties of apples, plums and pears and makes his own excellent cider. We also have a micro brewery nearby that brews the best real ale that I have ever tasted and believe me, I have tasted a lot!
I run a publishing company CookeryClassics.com that re-purposes old cookery books for the tablet age. We hope that this will give them another lease of life and introduce them to a new generation of cooks.