About

My name is Ed Smith. I am a food writer, doodler, eater and trained chef. My first recipe book, On The Side, is a sourcebook of 140 inspiring side dishes. It’s been shortlisted for a number of different ‘first book’ awards, and I reckon it’s pretty useful — you should definitely procure a copy.

I am a regular contributor to Borough Market’s online magazine, to Market Life, its print magazine, and I am also the author of The Borough Market Cookbook; recipes and stories from a year at the market, which will be published in October 2018. 

In addition, from time to time I have contributed ‘Five of the Best’ features to The FT Weekend Magazine, words and recipes to The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday (RIP) and The Telegraph. I’ve written eating out guides for Eater London and Bloomsbury’s Eat Like A Local series, plus loads of other things for magazines. At the 2015 Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink Awards I was named ‘Best Online Restaurant Writer’ and shortlisted for ‘Best Cookery Writer’. Which was nice.

And you’ve found my food blog, Rocket & Squash. The Guild of Foodwriters shortlisted it for its 2016 and 2018 Best Blog award, and people seem to read it. So that’s nice too.

This is v.3.1 of R&S. Have a browse. You’ll notice that: on the first Monday of every month I digest the recipes in the weekend supplements; there are a host of guides for eating out in London and elsewhere; plus regular restaurant write-ups, original recipes, reviews of recent cookbooks, and more. There’s a small shop, too.

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For literary opportunities contact Jon Elek at United Agents.

Commercial stuff, email me at [email protected]

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