Louisa Carter is a freelance journalist, recipe writer and food stylist who has been writing about food and travel for more than ten years.
She writes the ‘Simple Suppers’ column in Condé Nast’s House & Garden as well as features for BBC Food, Tatler, Waitrose magazine, Queen of Retreats, Australia & New Zealand Magazine and The Huffington Post. She was recipe editor of Rick Stein’s book on India and 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.
As a food stylist she works regularly with top food photographer Jason Lowe and has styled 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.
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.
Her laid-back, wholesome approach to cooking - largely inspired by her years living in Australia - 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 sound and 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 (drool over his latte art on Instagram /freepournography).
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.