My name is Nicola Miller, I live in East Anglia and I’m a freelance features writer and food columnist for the Bury Free Press (Iliffe Media), a paid for weekly print and digital newspaper, and for other titles in the regional stable. I am also the new commissioning editor for Locavore Magazine and write a regular column for the same magazine on building your own library of food-writing.
I also copy-write for private clients and am currently taking on new commissions alongside my other freelance work for various sites. I specialise in health promotion, mental health, general health, food, beauty and travel.
I like long-form food writing and yearn for the day when British food media escapes the shackles of short -form and becomes as bold and inquisitive as the Americans are when it comes to exploring their own culinary landscapes in more than 800 words. As a young kid I gravitated to the food scenes in books (Alison Uttley’s semi- autobiographical account of growing up on a Derbyshire farm; Susan Coolidge’s wonderful descriptions of Katy Carr’s Christmas box are two examples) and this soon morphed into buying cookery books and books about food. I was an insufferable little beast who read MFK Fisher aged thirteen and because I was fortunate enough to live abroad as a kid, I was exposed to culinary genealogies far more interesting than my own.
I obviously haven’t got rid of any of my books so have ended up with an extensive culinary reference library ( 4k+ books and goodness knows how many digital copies)
which friends are always nicking, damn them.
If you enjoy reading about food, check out my Johnston Press food columns and the cookbook reviews and essays on this site. My restaurant reviews also appear in the print edition of the Bury Free Press and with regards to them, I agree with the great Brian Eno (that fine man from Woodbridge) who had this to say about critics:
“I wouldn’t want to spend my time persuading people not to like things.”
When I review I am aware that I am potentially able to affect people’s livelihoods and so reviews will not be Cheap-Shots-R-Us, even if that stuff is entertaining to read. That doesn’t mean I won’t comment on poor service, badly cooked meals, rudeness or a lack of hygiene but taste is subjective and if I don’t like it, it might be just that, I don’t like it. You may well do.
Other stuff that floats my boat? You’ll find writings on local history and landscape-ology, feminism, politics and campaigning for a healthy mental health service- I support the campaign group NSFT Crisis made up of service users, carers and employees of the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust and share their concerns about the way cuts have impacted at grass roots level.
Original content on here is protected by copyright and I credit original sources. It will be made, and is perfectly clear, when content is not written by myself or when it is sponsored content (and I am very choosy about the latter and do NOT do puff pieces). All views are my own unless stated otherwise, *climbs off high horse*.