Eleanor Ford is a food writer who focuses on making world cuisines accessible and capturing exotic flavours in home recipes. Her first book, 'Samarkand: Recipes and Stories from Central Asia and the Caucasus', was published in 2016, and was followed in 2019 by 'Fire Islands: Recipes from Indonesia' and 'The Nutmeg Trail' in 2022.
The UK food world was out in force for the Guild of Food Writers annual award ceremony last night. Among those recognized were several authors and cookbooks included on the ckbk platform including Mark Hix, Eleanor Ford and Ken Hom.
Author Eleanor Ford talks to ckbk about how she researched Fire Islands and The Nutmeg Trail, the enduring appeal of spices, and her work as a “culinary detective, finding clues from recipe names, methods, and tastes to trace their stories and ancient links.”
This is the first cookbook I bought for myself and I sat down to read it like a novel, cover to cover. I was captivated then, as I am now, by Nigella Lawson’s turn of phrase. I love her unfussy approach to cooking and eating.
I could have chosen any of Diana Henry’s brilliant books but this is the one that made me want to be a food writer. The title, pictures and vibrant flavours all felt game changing when it was released. It is just as inspiring today.
This book is more dog eared and marked than any other on my shelves, a testimony to how often I use it. Heidi Swanson is an alchemist, combining wholesome foods in ways that are unexpected and inspired.
When I moved to Hong Kong and could take just one cookbook in my suitcase, this was the one I chose. Skye Gyngell’s ‘toolbox of flavours’ taught me so much about balancing food and cooking without relying on recipes.