Jane Hughes - Vegetarian Food Writer

The Adventurous Vegetarian is published by New Internationalist on 7 October. Join us for the launch at tibits Friday 6 October 6.30.
I'm demonstrating at VegFest Olympia on Saturday 5 October.


African peanut curry sauce devised for the Love Food Hate Waste Campaign


Cookery Course Reviews

Cookbook Reviews
Features (list on left)
Conference Reports (list on left)

Jane Hughes


Author and food writer

  • Member (and current Secretary) of The Guild of Food Writers
  • Editor of The Vegetarian magazine, for the Vegetarian Society UK, since 2000


  • The Adventurous Vegetarian (New Internationalist 2013)
  • 100 Vegan (Parragon 2013)
  • The Vegetarian Handbook / The Vegetarian Travel Guide (The Vegetarian Society)
  • Collins Gem Guide to Vegetarian Food, also published as a series of cover-mounted booklets by BBC Vegetarian Good Food Magazine

Features and guest blogs

  • Love Food Hate Waste
  • The Craft Guild of Chefs
  • Cook Veg (celebrity interviews)
  • Resurgence Magazine (regular columnist)

Tutor and cookery demonstrator

  • Freelance tutor for the Vegetarian Society's Cordon Vert Cookery School
  • Outreach tutor for Vegetarian for Life


  • Great Taste Awards
  • Free From Awards
  • International Cheese Awards
  • Guild of Food Writers Miriam Polunin Prize for writing on healthy eating
  • Cordon Vert Chef of the Future competition
  • Sustain/Jellied Eel 'Best Sustainable Restaurant in London' award

Recipe developer

  • Love Food Hate Waste
  • The Vegan Society
  • Hello Fresh
Available for:
  • Features on vegetarianism in general and vegetarian/vegan food - esp celebrations of vegetarian food, and factual features covering ethical/'green' food choices and healthy eating
  • Food + Travel features and reviews
  • Interviews with vegetarian celebrities and chefs
  • Restaurant and cookery course reviews
  • Judging and panels
  • Consultancy work including catering for vegetarians and new product development
  • Recipe writing (vegetarian and vegan)
  • Copywriting
  • Cookery demonstrations and teaching workshops

I’ve been a vegetarian for 30 years. Some people go vegetarian for health reasons, some for ethical reasons. Some feel it is the ‘green’ thing to do. I think we’re overlooking one more important thing: vegetarian food is delicious.

Who says you can’t be a veggie and a foodie? I can’t understand the visual appeal of a chunk of grey meat. The gorgeous colours, smells and tastes of fruit and vegetables, grains and pulses, herbs and spices... that’s what gets me going. The way flavours can subtly mingle to create fantastic new taste sensations. The way the alchemy of cooking can transform a root vegetable into a jewel.

My cookery, and my food writing, is about celebrating food, and making every dish a sensual treat. I take care over how food looks, the colours, textures and contrasts on the plate, and the fragrance that it creates in the kitchen. Who would plod along with meat and two veg when there is a world of vegetarian flavours out there to explore?

Having been associated with The Vegetarian Society since the 1980s, I have a clear understanding of the meaning of the word ‘vegetarian’ and daily access to experts - the people who know which beers are vegetarian, which cheeses are made without animal rennet, which chocolates are gelatine-free.

I have a BA in English and an MA in Scriptwriting for Television and Radio. I also have 20 years’ experience of working in publishing, as an editor, production manager and small publisher. Above all, I can deliver engaging, attractive features, on time, and often at short notice.

This site contains samples of my work: interviews, food and cookery course reviews, features and recipes. You can also find my writing at the following sites:




Read my blog: www.veggiefoodwriter.blogspot.com

Follow me on Twitter: @vegfoodwriter

Contact me:


0161 798 7235

All material on this site is copyrighted