Miranda Gardiner










In my teens I used to read Nigella Lawson’s restaurant reviews in Vogue, when I should have been doing my A level homework. Then in between studying at the Courtauld Institute of Art and working as a curator for the Tate St Ives, I cooked in Keith Floyd’s restaurant in Devon and at an Italian café in Sydney.

My cooking is resolutely domestic; home cooking of the normal, often messy, spontaneous and sometimes uncoordinated variety. I am fascinated in the role of food as part of a messy domestic life with the range of personalities that share in its eating and production. My new book, Teaching Dad To Cook Flapjack, has been written as a practical cooking manual but also as a delicious food novel that can be read from cover to cover.

I live in a beach house in Bigbury on Sea, South Devon with my three young children and husband. This is the area with the highest concentration of organic food producers in the UK. We have oyster beds in the river mouth of Bigbury Bay and my friends, Tom and Rachael, from Old Cummings Farm grow exquisite salad leaves studded with rose petals and nasturtiums in a lush valley nearby. We munch on these and other Devon goodies, including Chilli Chocolate from the South Devon Chilli Farm in Loddiswell, on a daily basis.



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