Eleanor Ford

I am a greedy dreamer, a kitchen traveller. I love cookbooks. I love reading about and writing about food. I collect and create eclectic, evocative recipes.

My first book, Samarkand, was published by Kyle Books in June 2016. Happily, it was received to wide acclaim and named a book of the year by The Guardian and Food52's Piglet. It was also awarded the 'Food and Travel' prize in 2017 by The Guild of Food Writers. I wrote it alongside my friend and travel journalist, Caroline Eden.

As a keen traveller I have visited over 70 countries and sought out the best food in each of them. My writing focuses on making world cuisines accessible and capturing exotic flavours in home recipes.

I have been a recipe developer and editor for the Good Food Channel, BBC Food and Good Food Magazine. I am also an experienced recipe tester and food stylist. As a member of the Guild of Food Writers my work extended to reviewing books and judging food awards, as well as writing about restaurants. For Zagat, I was the local editor for the Hong Kong restaurant guide and a ZagatBuzz restaurant blogger in London. I was also a Time Out restaurant reviewer for five years, specialising in Asian and world foods.

You can follow my adventures (and see what I’m cooking) on Instagram and Twitter.