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In 2020, I entered this newsletter for the Guild of Food Writers annual awards, and it won the Online Food Writing award. Here’s what the judges had to say:

‘Miller’s work won high praise from all the judges, one of whom called it ‘a truly informative blog for any food lover inspired by the history of food and its origins.’ Another said that ‘her style is evocative without trying to be too descriptive for the sake of it, and I love the way she mingles food stories with history as well as her own family memories.’ Another valued ‘the informative yet unpretentious way she writes… her knowledge is broad, and she still always manages to write in a respectful and engaging manner.’ Another called her ‘funny, original and clever. This stood out for the characterful quality of her writing and the depth of knowledge of food and books. Also, the sheer, greedy love of food and cookbooks gives a great zest to her work.’

Peters Yard interviewed me here.


In 2022, I won the Fortnum and Mason Award for Cookery Writer of the Year. You can read my cookery columns and other work in Suffolk News here. I have also written for The Guardian, Observer Food Monthly, Waitrose Food Magazine, Delicious Magazine, Scoop Food Mag, LOVEfood, Swill Magazine, National Geographic Food & Travel, The Kitchn and Pit Magazine, and others. My linktree is here.

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A feast of writing about food, eating and cookbooks in one easy-to-access place. Winner of the Guild of Food Writers Award for best online food writing 2020. Written by Fortnum & Mason's Cookery Writer of the Year 2022.


Freelancer. Food column + features for @buryfree / @iliffemedia. @GuildFoodWriter online food writer of the year 2020. Fortnum & Mason cookery writer of the year 2022. Would love to read your cookbook.