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Author Archive: "Bee Wilson"

Reconciling the Cook with the Writer

Cooking and writing don't really go together. Which isn't a problem, unless you are a food writer. I, unfortunately, am.

Friends who write fiction tell me that when they hit a tricky patch of writing, their eating often goes weird. They subsist on black coffee and buttered toast. Or they set up their laptop in a café, so that the responsibility for meals can be shifted onto someone else. A bestselling crime author I know sometimes lunches on cold takeaway pizza, plus a vitamin pill. Thus she feels that her basic nutritional needs have been met with minimal fuss, and she can get on with the business of dreaming up grisly murders undisturbed.

If you want to know the truth, my meals also suffer when I'm on deadline. Cooking is my favourite activity, as it should be, given that I spend my days writing about it. For the past 15 years, I've written a weekly food column in Britain, and there are still few things that make me happier than a long afternoon in the kitchen, stirring and prodding and basting, with the scents of rosemary and garlic or ...

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