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.

  • People say Instagram is basically just an overly edited version of real life people used to make everything seem perfect to here goes: my washing machine is filled up with waste water which is making the kitchen smell dank. Hot water is intermittent, and we still can’t use the living room. But, on the flip side, it has not rained today, Virgin came and now I have the fastest fibre broadband of my life, and I finally remembered to chill the cans of Beviamo! Italian Spritz the brand sent me last month so I can have a big, icy spritz in the garden with my new book I just downloaded before making dinner. Find the cans for £1.75 each in @sainsburys! (I think I actually like it better than an Aperol Spritz, and so much easier to enjoy at home!) 🇮🇹
  • Just a gentle reminder that @8unhouse’s pig buns are amazing, and that as well as their original Soho location they’re now open on Lisle Street in @chinatownlondon! 🐷
  • It’s cold and rainy today (August, what August?! ☔️) so why not give my Creamy Mushroom Pancakes a go tonight for #MeatFreeMonday? Cheap, easy and really comforting, they’ll help you make the most of this horrible, totally not seasonal weather. For the recipe, just search ‘Rachel Phipps’ on bbc.co.uk/food | 📷: @katewhitaker01
  • Just a few snapshots from the fantastic, 6-course Venetian feast we were treated to at @compassesinncrundale last night as part of their guest chef series, hosted by the brilliant @russell_norman with @compasseschef working his magic in the kitchen with Russell’s wonderful Venetian recipes. We started with a spritz or two in the garden with some peak season fried squid in @polpo_restaurants menu cones (loved that little touch!) and the most beautiful bruschetta before heading inside for the rest of our feast - do check my highlights for what came next! Also, don’t forget to follow @compassesinncrundale for details of future guest chef evenings!

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