About Me


My name is Rebecca May Johnson and I’m a writer, literary curator, academic and cook. This blog is a principally a record of recipes I have made since I started the blog in 2011.

I am represented by Harriet Moore at David Higham. http://www.davidhigham.co.uk/authors-dh/rebecca-may-johnson/ 

I live in South London.

Write to me here: johnson.rebeccamay@gmail.com

I am co-founder of Voices at the Table, a sell-out literary food salon with readings from literary and food worlds.

I have written and edited stories about food and fashion for: The Times Literary Supplement, LRB online, Munchies, The Telegraph, The Guardian, AnOther magazine, FT Weekend, Vogue (UK), Elle Collections, The Business of Fashion, Tank, Monocle, among others.

I have recently been commissioned to do a number of art pieces and interactive performances involving real food that I cooked for the Austrian Cultural Forum.

I cook curate and cook quiche for a roving curated poetry night called ‘Sitting Room’ hosted in .. sitting rooms.. with the brilliant Edwina Attlee and Sam Schlee. I also write poetry about food.

I have a PhD about a contemporary German reworking of Homer’s Odyssey at UCL. I am Dr Johnson. I currently research poetry and translation at Newcastle University.

I married a man called Sam who got my attention on an online dating site with a line about M.F.K. Fisher.

Sam makes great pottery.

Sometimes I cater for events.

When possible I am reading these writers about food: Rachel Roddy, Yemisi Aribisala, Luce Giard, Elizabeth David, Claudia Roden, Patience Gray, Rowley Leigh, Diana Kennedy, MFK Fisher, Margaret Costas, Margot Henderson, Fuchsia Dunlop, Marcel Boulestin, Ambrose Heath, Delia Smith, Florence White, Arabella Boxer, Rose Gray & Ruth Rogers, Olia Hercules, Nigel Slater, Yotam Ottolenghi, Robert Freson, James Beard, Harold McGee, Jane Grigson, Larousse, Caroline Conran, Hidden Kitchens, Marina O’Loughlin.

Send me food writing recommendations!


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