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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... 


I am a chef, author and food writer. I have written 3 books, now working on my 4th, have published numerous recipes for various magazines and broadsheets and, for the past five years, posted on Instagram and Twitter as @5oclockapron; a daily snapshot of the food I cook at home for my family. Vegetables dominate in the food I cook, 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, with a pen in my hair and a notebook close by.

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, then London and Shropshire, I now live in Bristol. I have travelled and also cooked extensively throughout the world. Memorable is the trip with Grace, then one year old, wedged in a backpack on a visit to China. Food and travel, with my husband and three daughters, is what makes my world go round.

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 first book was shortlisted for the Fortnum and Mason’s best debut food book award. I am the family food ambassador for the National Trust and also incredibly proud to be co-founder on 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.