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You've found the right place - welcome to my peripatetic world.

For over 20 years I’ve been lucky enough to circle the globe, writing and snapping (pictures that is) between encounters with monks, maharajas and mountain shepherds. All in the name of making a living.

Travel-lust is in my blood, inherited from a globe-trotting family and early childhood experiences. This was compounded by writing a string of guide-books which took me deep beneath the surface of several major cultures. Time has brought huge development to some of them like Mexico, India and Vietnam, for better or for worse, and I have soft spots for places I’ve actually lived in - London, Paris, central Italy and Australia. You can add to those Andalucia, a region I have been faithful to for 30 years and where I now have a retreat in the olive groves. Its magic never fails.

Early days investigating Bajau fish-drying, South China Sea, circa 1995  


My parallel passion is food and what I call gastro-communication - what better way to communicate? Sometimes I feel I should put a stop to my carbon bootprint and just travel near my north London home to the dozens of ethnic restaurants serving delectable stuff. But it’s hard to lose out on the sights, sounds and salivating aromas of markets in Fez, Oaxaca or Pondichery, the street-food of Burma or Vietnam or, like a stuffed goose, indulging in pintxo after pintxo in San Sebastian. As yet, I’m not ready to stop - apologies to the planet meanwhile.

So hit the trail with me! Click and comment on my (irregular) blog, on pictures of my travels or my travel stories. Enjoy the journey – there and here – and come back soon. Thanks for visiting.
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Real Tapas
The book you've all been waiting for! Completely redesigned and revised, this new version of the best-selling New Tapas comes in an easier to use format. The same visual journey through Spain's fantastic tapas bars and foodie regions, with more accessible recipes.

 
 

 


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Real Mexican
This newly designed book culls the best and most usable of Mexican food from top chefs, in this case recipes from Viva la Revolucion! Travel through Mexico (mentally or physically), indulge in its extraordinary, multi-layered dishes, then come home to cook them.

 
 
 
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I am available for consulting on food and wine trips to Andalucia and can put together a tailor-made tour according to your interests.
Olive-oil mills, wine bodegas, cheese-makers and Iberian pig farms where top jamon ibérico is produced - Andalucia has them all! Plus excellent tapas bars, restaurants and seductive little hotels.
Please email me via the contact tab above for details.

 
 
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