Vicky Hayward grew up in England, where she studied and worked as a cook before studying history at the University of Cambridge. She first got to know Spain as a child on family holidays and, after working as a book editor and features writer in London, her writing brought her to Madrid in 1990. Features from Spain for the international press have covered food, social issues and culture, in particular flamenco, which led on to collaborations in other media. Her travel writing includes pocket guides to the Costa Blanca (1991), Madrid (1994), Valencia (2006), and writing for Michelin Green Guides (2011). In recent years her interests in food and history have come together, for example in articles for the Oxford Companion to Food and her recreation of a 1745 friary recipe book entitled New Art of Cookery, which won the 2017 Jane Grigson Trust Award.