Hi, I'm Rachel and welcome to my blog!

I have always loved to cook, and if I had to list a ‘hobby’ I would without a doubt say trying new restaurants. I started this blog way back when in February of 2011 as a fashion blog, but when I started university and cooking for myself, this turned into a space where I could share my favourite recipes, eateries and some of my adventures from Los Angeles (where I used to live) to remote Icelandic fishing villages.

If you’re new here, my favourite recipe on the blog is my Indian Spiced Leftover Summer Vegetable Fritters (but the most popular is my Super Simple 3-Step Chocolate Brownies, which have been baked by readers all over the world). My favourite London restaurant I have reviewed so far has been Beagle in Hoxton, (but my most read review is of breakfast at Dishroom in Shoreditch), and my favourite Los Angeles restaurant (which also happens to be my favourite brunch in the world) The Tasting Kitchen in Venice; however, people seem to enjoy my review of The Bouchon Bakery in Beverly Hills.

I’m from the English Countryside, and I split my time between my little corner of Kent and West London. I also spend a lot of time at my parent’s home in Brittany, Northern France and I get a little sun starved if I stay away from California for too long! I’m a recovering political adviser spending my days writing about food (here and as a freelancer: you can read some of the work I’ve done for other publications like Great British Chefs, Buzzfeed and Sainsbury’s Magazine here). My first cookbook, Student Eats, was published by Ebury August 2017. You can find more about it here, and get your hands on a copy here.

If you want to get in touch with me, feel free to drop me an email or send me a tweet. If you want to know what I’ve been up to most recently, the best place to find me in (almost real time) is on Instagram.

  • While I’ve had a great time walking down rural country lanes in Kent and through French forests in Brittany, it is great to be back to my routine walking through the park in time to watch the leaves change! 🍂
  • I’m taking about the importance of using quality ingredients on the blog today (link in profile!) with this recipe for Olive Oil Chocolate Mousse with Fleur de Sel (barely adapted from @nigellalawson’s #AtMyTable) - it’s great as a make-ahead treat for busy weeknights! 🍫
  • Instead of a Saturday night takeaway in front of the X Factor tonight (is it not so much better already this year??) why not make the latest version of my signature egg fried rice with peas and leftover chicken instead? You can find the recipe, where this photo also came from if you search ‘Rachel Phipps’ on the @bbcfood website!🥡
  • Sad to be packing up to leave this beautiful corner of Kent behind after two and a half (!) weeks away from London exploring Brittany, Normandy and doing some baking in my parents mug better equipped kitchen! However, I’m really excited to get back to the city for a packed week of recipe testing before my next stop, Birmingham!

My Book

Student Eats

My first cookbook includes +120 easy, cheap and delicious recipes for anyone who wants to learn to cook food from scratch at home, who may be pressed for time, existing in a tiny kitchen, or keeping to a tight budget.

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My Book

Student Eats

My first cookbook includes +120 easy, cheap and delicious recipes for anyone who wants to learn to cook food from scratch at home, who may be pressed for time, existing in a tiny kitchen, or keeping to a tight budget.

Buy Now