Meet Jane

Jane HornbyI’ve been cooking all my life, but still pinch myself when I think about where I am now, with three cookery books and 15 years cookery writing under my belt. I grew up in the West Midlands in the UK and after university, moved to London to begin a sensible career in copywriting. But by 2003 the draw of the kitchen was too strong. I quit, took a huge loan and enrolled at Leiths School of Food with the dream of becoming a cookery writer – and never looked back.

The start I had was a lucky one; I won a placement at BBC Good Food magazine, testing recipes in the kitchen and answering reader queries. I loved it, even the admin caught my interest as it was all about my favourite subject. After jobbing around as a food styling assistant and recipe tester, I joined the team at the magazine full time, where I spent six happy years writing, food styling, editing and working with some of the UK’s top chefs. I’d been reading the title since I was about 11 years old, so to say this was a dream is no exaggeration…

In 2009 I stepped sideways and became freelance. I’m now the proud author of three cookbooks for Phaidon Press, write regular magazine columns, edit recipes and style food for photography. I also teach, present and demonstrate when I can. My whole ethos is simply to inspire people to cook more and with confidence, providing well-explained and thoroughly tested recipes that taste as good as they look. I also like to chat about food far too much, which is where the blog on this new site is going to come in very handy.

I live with my soon-to-be husband Ross, in a green corner of Oxfordshire with – thankfully – plenty of hungry friends nearby to help us eat all the food that comes out of out busy kitchen. I love entertaining at home and eating out in equal measure, sing in a choir, spend far too much time rummaging in thrift stores and, one day, dream of opening the most perfect tea shop ever.

Clients include BBC Good Food, Olive, Waitrose Kitchen, Tesco RealFood, BBC Books and The Guardian, plus others.