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About Claire

After a selection of great kid friendly recipes? From healthy snacks to fun with baking and easy day-to-day meals, Claire Thomson's got it covered... 


Picture credit:  Maria Bell   @marrbell

Picture credit: Maria Bell @marrbell

I am a chef and food writer. I have written 4 books, the last of which New Kitchen Basics, was published in March this year. I am currently working on book 5, to be published Autumn 2020.

Find me on Instagram @5oclockapron for a snapshot of the food I cook at home for my young family. Vegetables dominate in the food I make, and olive oil and lemons are always to hand. I cook because I love it and we all need to eat.  I write because all the best cooks and chefs I have ever known share a deep and greedy love of good food writing. I am almost always in an apron.

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, then London and Shropshire, I now live in Bristol with my Kiwi husband and 3 children. I have travelled and also cooked extensively throughout the world. Food and travel, with my family is what makes my world go round. I recently went to Laikipia in Kenya with my kids for The Telegraph travel section.

I have written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, Countryfile, BBC Good Food and Olive Magazines, and have appeared on BBC Woman’s Hour, Saturday Kitchen and Radio 6 Music. My 1st book was shortlisted for the Fortnum and Mason’s best debut food book award and my 3rd book, The Art of the Larder, was listed as one of the best cookbooks of 2017. I am also a co-founder for the children’s food entertainment website Table of Delights. With my other hat on, I also write wine lists for the award winning eatdrinksleep sites in Cornwall.