Louisa Carter is a freelance recipe writer, journalist, food stylist and online presenter who has been writing about food and travel for more than 15 years.
She has written features for BBC Food, Tatler, Waitrose magazine, Queen of Retreats, Australia & New Zealand Magazine and The Huffington Post. Her column, Simple Suppers, ran in Condé Nast’s House & Garden for five years. She was recipe editor of Rick Stein’s recent book on India and the home economist on the accompanying BBC TV series filmed on location in Kerala. Louisa has also written and contributed to several recipe books for publishers including Ebury, Headline and Hodder & Stoughton.
Previously Louisa worked as the producer of bbc.co.uk/food, helping scoop the site a BAFTA nomination, World Food Media Award and Guild of Food Writers Award for the online cookery series Get Cooking.
Her laid-back, wholesome approach to cooking - largely inspired by her years living in Australia and her veg*n diet - is underpinned by her experience as a chef, cookery teacher (at London's Cookery School), recipe editor, developer and tester. Louisa's recipes not only look good, they really work.
She likes to use organic produce, is excited by the kind of vegetarian and vegan cooking that meat-eaters don't even notice is missing meat, and loves using wholefoods in an everyday, non-hair-shirt kind of way. She suffers a mild (and so far incurable) addiction to properly made coffee and raw honey. This is helped (or arguably worsened) by having a seriously talented barista for a brother, the founder of Anonymous Coffee Co.
As a stylist she has worked on high profile advertising and editorial projects with food photographer Jason Lowe and numerous books including Josceline Dimbleby’s Award-winning Orchards in The Oasis, Claudia Roden’s The Food of Spain, Gizzi Erskine’s Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts, and At Elizabeth David's Table.
When not cooking or writing she can usually be found travelling the globe on various food, travel or wellbeing commissions. Recent trips include Peru for BBC and Waitrose, South Australia for House & Garden, The Alps and South Tyrol for Queen of Retreats and a detox retreat near Milan for Tatler.