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You've landed in the right place - welcome to my peripatetic world!

For over 25 years I’ve been lucky enough to circle the globe, writing and taking pics, dabbling in glitz as well as more restrained experiences. I love both worlds as long as they’re authentic and I’m able to share them. So let a tour of this website inspire you!

Travel-lust is in my blood, inherited from a globe-trotting family (see About). A decade or so of writing guide-books plunged me deep inside complex cultures like India, Indonesia and Vietnam, while developing a taste for local flavours – on the street, in bars or restaurants. This led to food and travel books on Spain, North Africa and Mexico.

I loyally return to and write about places I’ve actually lived in – London (ongoing), Paris, central Italy, Australia and Andalucia. After visiting this last region for over 30 years, I have my own house in the olive groves to re-energise at. Its magic never fails.

Early days investigating fish-drying by Bajau sea-nomads, South China Sea, circa 1995  


On my travels I’ve come to realise that gastro-communication is the ultimate way of relating to people – who doesn’t like food? Even if I have the occasional wobble about my carbon footprint, it’s hard to forego the salivating sights and aromas of markets in Oaxaca, Fez or Kolkata, the street-food of Burma, or the dazzling pintxo offerings of San Sebastian.

So hit the trail with me! Sign up for my blog, click on my travel pics or stories, enjoy the journey – there and here – and come back soon. Thank you for dropping by.
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Real Tapas
The book you've all been waiting for! Completely redesigned and revised, this new version of the best-selling New Tapas comes in an easier to use format. The same visual journey through Spain's fantastic tapas bars and foodie regions, with more accessible recipes.

 
 

 


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Real Mexican
This newly designed book culls the best and most usable of Mexican food from top chefs, in this case recipes from Viva la Revolucion! Travel through Mexico (mentally or physically), indulge in its extraordinary, multi-layered dishes, then come home to cook them.

 
 
 
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Want to delve deeper into Andalucia? I can help you craft a tailor-made food and wine tour of this bountiful region. Visit olive-oil mills, wine and sherry bodegas, cheese-makers and farms where top jamón ibérico is produced. Sample the best local tapas bars and restaurants, and stay at seductive cortijo hotels. Get in touch!

 
 
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