My name is Helen Graves. I’m a freelance recipe developer, food and travel writer and editor. I’ve written for publications including The Guardian, The Times, The Evening Standard, Sainsbury’s Magazine and others; you can see some examples of my work on this page.
I am currently Group Editor at Just Opened London, and I am the Editor of Pit, an independent magazine about live fire cooking and smoking, which was recently shortlisted for Launch of The Year in the Stack Magazine Awards.
In 2013, I won the Fresh Faces in Food Writing Award at the Young British Foodie Awards, which was very nice (even if I did nearly trip over the stage and headbutt Yotam Ottolenghi while accepting it). I was also shortlisted for online food and drink writer of the year at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2016.
I started this blog 10 years ago and in the beginning, it had a strong focus on Peckham, which was then a very (cough) up and coming area. I still love it but I now live in Camberwell so this site has a wider focus, with recipes inspired by London and my travels around the world.
I am addicted to sandwiches, and few things make me happier than a really good example, such as the salt beef on challah from (now closed) Delancey & Co. That link points to another blog I write (albeit sporadically), called The London Review of Sandwiches. I have also written a book about the best sandwiches from around the world, called 101 Sandwiches, which is available from Amazon, published by Dog n Bone books.
I used to work in academia and I’m still writing up my PhD in the field of psychological medicine. Other things that I love are carbs (no clean eating here), cats (not for eating), crabs (my favourite food) and kebabs (proper ones, not ‘elephant legs’). I have two furry housemates called Chaz Michael Michaels and Delia Smith.
Testimonials & Press
“Helen is a fountain of novel and creative ideas, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of food and drink. I could always rely on her to keep our readers ahead of the trends in food and drink, and to write about them in an accessible way with depth and humour – a rare talent.” – James Drury, former Editor in Chief of Londonist on my role as Food and Drink Editor
“Helen has written numerous features for our two papers, The Peckham Peculiar and The Dulwich Diverter. She’s great to work with – always very quick to respond and extremely reliable. Her copy is consistently excellent – engaging, well researched and filed on time, often to tight deadlines. We would highly recommend her!” – Kate White, Co-Editor, Peckham Peculiar and Dulwich Diverter
“When commissioning work, be it for clients or for our own editorial projects, I jump at the chance to work with Helen. With every brief, Helen will always come back with inventive, well-researched and downright drool-worthy recipe ideas that make me wish I possessed limitless budget! Her ideas really tap into that special something that our readers want – an authoritative voice that truly understands good cooking, next-level flavour combinations and exciting dishes from around the globe.
Alongside her natural creative spark, Helen completes projects with the utmost professionalism, and rises to any challenge set – be it filming recipe videos, researching a wide range of global cuisines, or working to rigorous partner briefs, Helen goes above and beyond to deliver content that is anything but mundane.” – Ella Timney, Content Producer, Great British Chefs
“Helen writes with insight and passion and has been instrumental in the success of Just Opened London.” – James Marchant, Founder and MD, Just Opened London
“One of the most brilliant blogs is written by Helen Graves: you want to eat everything on her site” – The Times on Food Stories
“Unique narrative and eloquent prose” – The Metro on Food Stories
“A brilliant mix of recipes from a lady who is trying to show that there is more to food and drink heritage in Peckham than just its Spring Water…this site has extremely well-crafted food and travel writing” – The Independent on Food Stories (100 Best Food Websites)
“A passionate and unpretentious love of food shines through Helen’s writing – and her barbecue recipes are to die for” – Woman and Home Magazine’s 100 Best Blogs
“Blogger Helen Graves has South London covered, whether she’s making the ultimate pork sandwich (cooked to tender perfection in a sous-vide machine) in the comfort of her kitchen or dining out in under-the-radar pop-ups, local legends or even – gasp – north of the river” – Square Meal: Food Bloggers to Follow
“You might think that you don’t need a book of sandwich recipes but I’ll bet you have never even considered half of the ideas in this book.” – Olive on 101 Sandwiches
“Great fun and almost stocking filler-sized, this is a celebration of sandwiches in all their forms by a blogger with extremely high standards. Graves has gathered together a brilliantly diverse century of sandwiches and is bold enough to suggest a bit of project cooking if it will benefit the finished dish. Like breakfast, sandwiches are a matter of personal taste, and the book is – as it should be – filled with Graves’s own well-researched preferences” – The Metro on 101 Sandwiches
“The recipes in 101 Sandwiches are less about dull lunchbox snacks and more about seriously flavoursome and hearty meals that are just as suited to a post-hangover brunch as they are for an inspired dinner.” — Love Food Love Drink on 101 Sandwiches
“’Perkily enjoyable’ –Mail Online on 101 Sandwiches
“Now that’s what I call a sandwich!” –The Independent
Working with me
If you would like to discuss a cooking or writing collaboration then please e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
My agent is Jennifer Christie at Graham Maw Christie.