About me

I worked in London as a retailer of food and wine for over thirty years. I was manager of the Brindisa stall at Borough Market, carving Spanish ham and becoming increasingly obsessed by the living pulse of the market. This obsession was reinforced by visiting food markets around the world, and buying trips to Rungis, the huge wholesale market outside Paris.



I became a member of Slow Food in 2004. Founded in Italy and now active in over 160 countries, it’s a visionary movement on a mission to change our food system “one fork at a time” – while never losing sight of the pleasure of sharing food at the table. For an inspiring food experience, do go to Terra Madre in Turin, a festival and meeting place that connects producers, chefs and food communities from around the world, giving them a marketplace and a voice. http://salonedelgusto.com/en/


Terra Madre 2016, Valentino Park, Turin

Sharing pleasure at the table. Trattoria Tromlin, Turin 2016, in good company


Between 2015 and 2017 I was coordinator for England of the Ark of Taste, a Slow Food project to protect food products at risk of extinction, and the Chefs’ Alliance, a network of chefs who share Slow Food values and use Ark ingredients in their menus. The Ark of Taste features regularly on The Food Programme, BBC Radio 4



Apples from the Ark of Taste


When I’m not eating and drinking good food and wine, I like to think about and shop for them, cook and discover them, whether at home or on my travels. A keen market shopper and curious cook. As well as blogging, I practise archery at the Royal Richmond Archery Club, and take a keen interest in history, the history of art, and people-watching.


Why “Amaro and twisted”?

Amaroandtwisted was a spontaneous choice of Twitter name, and it stuck. For now.

Amaro is Italian for “bitter”. It’s also the generic name for one of my favourite digestifs, wine infused with herbs and botanicals. Somewhere between Campari and good vermouth.