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My name is Letitia and I am an author, chef, illustrator and food writer.


Here you can request original watercolours, or buy prints, cards & postcards through the shop. You can commission me to paint something if you like. I work in ink, watercolour, pencil. I have also illustrated menus, wedding invites, people's favourite food puns or produce.  


Recipes can be found on my blog (or in my books). I write about cooking and life, and my food is sometimes Sardinian, sometimes more widely Italian, sometimes English (sometimes French). 


I like words, and seem to have rather a lot of them, so I'm afraid to get to the recipes you may have to rummage through them. I have written two books full of them (see the books section)



I'm passionate about lemons, cheese, red wine, Campari, coffee, anything bitter, butter and anchovies, custard, clotted cream and cats. I also have a soft spot for iced buns, and sold them for a while, under the alias Puns & Buns. My desert island meal - seeing as you ask - would be spaghetti with clams probably followed by quince trifle - no jelly. Then a cream tea, for gentle overkill.  

About Me 

Originally from Devon, I trained at Leiths School of Food & Wine after a degree & Masters in English Literature. After graduating I worked in London restaurants (inc. Spring, The Dock Kitchen, Morito, Moro, Ellory-now-Leroy), as well as cooking for events, weddings, markets stalls and pop ups.  

In between kitchen jobs I worked in publishing at Bloomsbury, Profile, Slightly Foxed and Prospect Books where I mostly made coffee and bad jokes. 

I've been featured in PPC, Code, The Evening Standard and Waitrose, The Guardian, Elle, Conde Nast Traveller, Olive, The Times,  The Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Sunday Brunch, The New York Times, Eater, etc. I've also written for The Food Almanac and Il Corriere della Sera.   

In 2017 I moved from London to Sardinia and began writing, drawing and cooking full-time, as well as teaching English.    

My first book, Bitter Honey: Recipes and Stories from the Island of Sardinia, was published in April 2020. It was voted one of the best food books of 2020 by The Times, and one of the only cookbooks worth buying in lockdown by The New York Times. It was also Highly Commended by The Guild of Food Writers in the First Book category.  

My second book, La Vita è Dolce, a celebration of sweet things inspired by Italy, was published in June 2021.  It was voted one of the best food books of 2021 in The Sunday Times and won a Dutch Award for 'the most beautiful cookbook of 2022' - specifically regarding the photography. 

My latest book, Wild Figs & Fennel: A Year in an Italian Kitchen, will be published in April 2024. 

I am currently working on a book about Lemons.


All of the photos on this site (except for those on the blog) were taken by

Charlotte Bland

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