Hi there. My name is Malou. I’m a food writer and editor, most often found accosting grandmothers in their kitchens, connecting with home cooks around the world, making storecupboard staples from scratch or working to get more people cooking… because cooking is powerful!

I started this blog in 2016 as I began collecting the recipes and stories of grandmothers, mothers and home cooks. In that time, I’ve interviewed and cooked with many older women both in the UK and around the world and every time, I’m struck by the ingenuity, creativity, resourcefulness and skill with which they cook. Across the world, this quiet knowledge is on the verge of being lost forever. To give you a bit of an idea, read this story about Nolda and her Jamaican fish head soup, or Nora from the Caucasus mountains in Georgia or this mother-daughter duo from Albania.

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Work with me

While I’m not collecting stories and travelling, I mainly spend my time writing, editing and consulting for food companies, chefs and others who are dedicated to pioneering and spreading the power of home-cooking for all. I started out with Jamie Oliver for many years, and have since been fortunate to work with so many passionate, pioneering advocates for food that is better for our planet and the people on it – Slow Food, Borough Market, Farmdrop, ODDBOX, Melissa Hemsley to name a few.

Hit me up if you know any frugal cooks with a story to tell or a meal to share. You have a story you want telling, or you’re a sustainable food business, organisation or chef seeking branding copy, recipe editing, help with tone of voice or anything else words-related.

Email me: mk.herkes [at] gmail.com