Celia Brooks Biography

celiaCelia’s inventive style of vegetarian cooking has made her an established name on the cookery shelf. Born in Colorado, USA, she moved to London after university. She worked for several years as a private chef for the film director Stanley Kubrick and running her own catering business. She has written seven cookbooks, including the international bestseller "New Vegetarian", and has contributed to many others.

She conveys her passion for food in every way possible, through books, journalism, consulting, live demos, and has her own business called “Gastrotours”, conducting tours around London’s foodie hotspots. Celia wrote a weekly column for The Times online called “Urban Farmer” about her allotment in North London, and a column called “Grow to Eat” for BBC Good Food Magazine. Her latest book, “New Urban Farmer”, was published in March 2010 by Quadrille. Celia's multiple TV appearances include Market Kitchen (UKTV Food), Saturday Kitchen (BBC), and in the USA on PBS and The Food Network.


Praise for "New Urban Farmer"

"Brilliantly engaging"
--BBC Good Homes

"A beautiful book"
--The Times

"This is one of the most attractive cooking/gardening hybrids, beautifully designed with an engaging slightly scrapbook feel imparting a wealth of cooking and growing information."
--The Bookseller

"Growing your own has become ever so fashionable, but Celia Brooks goes beyond trend-seeking to provide an indispensable guide for wannabe kitchen gardeners"

"Tells of the wonders of growing in the city, from spotting the first emerging asparagus to the war with snails at her allotment. There is plenty of gardening expertise to boot."
--Metro London

"Growing your own food? Learn from Celia Brooks' four years of trial and error. Part journal, part gardening, part recipe book."
--Grand Designs Magazine

"Organised by month...each section features a selection of tasty seasonal recipes. With great photography, it's ideal for beginners."
--Amateur Gardening