Caroline Conran, food writer, former Chairman of the Guild of Food Writers and Trustee of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery.
After leaving Cambridge Art School she worked for House and Garden and subsequently worked as Home Editor on Queen Magazine for several years, editing the food columns.
She went on to pioneer the Food and Wine sections of the Sunday Times Magazine, the first of any newspaper to offer this section, now one of the main components of all the colour supplements, acting as Food Editor for the Sunday Times for 13 years. She was also food editor of Nova magazine.
At the Sunday Times she started, with Michael Bateman, the very successful Real Bread Campaign and introduced, amongst other things, the Sunday Times series on Self-Sufficiency.
She and Bateman introduced to the UK, the Nouvelle Cuisine of the three star French chefs – inspiration to Marco Pierre White and many other British chefs. She became friends with Michel Guérard, translating and editing his Cuisine Minceur and Cuisine Gourmande, and later the work of the Troisgros Frères, Alain Chapel, Roger Vergé, Jacques Maximin and others.
She is the author of Poor Cook, written with Susan Campbell.
She is also the author of the highly acclaimed Conran Cookbook, done in collaboration with Terence Conran, which has sold well over 1,000,000 copies (published 1980 by Mitchell Beazley and last republished in 1997 by Conran Octopus).
She has also co-written Family Cook and Bumper Cook with Susan Campbell and published by Macmillan. British Cookery published by Marks and Spencer . Good Home Cooking published by Conran Octopus and published in the US as English Country Cooking At Its Best by Villard Books.
Under the Sun, which was published by Pavilion in 2003 is about the Food of Southern France. Her last book, Sud de France, The Food and Cooking of Languedoc, published by Prospect Books, won the André Simon Award for the best cookbook 2013 and the Fortnum and Mason Award for the best cook book the same year.
Her hobbies are staring out of the window, reading, painting, drawing and sculpting, and of course cooking.