I’m Julia Parsons and I’m a self-taught cook, food writer and blogger. I’ve been writing my food blog since 2006 and founded the UK Food Bloggers Association in 2007.
The food I was brought up with was traditional, hearty and honest English food designed to feed a family on a small budget. My cooking style pays homage to these traditional roots, with modern British strands woven through it, to keep it fresh and vibrant.
I have never taken cooking classes; my only qualification is that which comes from a love of good food and from cooking at home on a daily basis. I taught myself to cook through reading cookery books, scouring the internet, and absorbing everything I could about food from every source available over the years, and through experiment, trial and error. It’s a continual process; I’m learning and developing all the time.
‘A Slice of Cherry Pie’ is my first solo cookbook, published by Absolute Press. It was inspired by my food blog, which I have been writing since 2006, and it contains recipes from the blog as well as lots of brand new ones, along with seasonal writings and about the places and memories that are entwined with my recipes.
The food photography is by Cristian Barnett, an incredibly talented photographer who has captured the recipes in the book beautifully. There are also some of my own photographs scattered through the book, along with family snapshots.
The book takes you on a seasonal journey from spring through to winter and includes recipes for friends, for weekends, and for occasions such as Bonfire night and Christmas time.
Read some of the mentions of the book on the web here.