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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... 

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 Picture credit: Sam Folan

Picture credit: Sam Folan

I am a chef, author and food writer. I have written 3 books, of which the last, The Art of the Larder, did especially well and was listed as one of the cookbooks for 2017 by The Sunday Times, Telegraph, FT, Daily Mail and Radio 4 Food Program. I've just finished up on book 4, New Kitchen Basics (in a nutshell, what are the dishes to define this generation) and I I look forward to the book hitting the shop shelves and kitchen tables in early 2019.

Find me on Instagram and Twitter @5oclockapron for a daily (and very real) 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.

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 1 year old, wedged in a backpack on a visit to China. Food and travel, with my husband and 3 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