I suppose the best way to describe myself is a home cook who writes. Or maybe writer who cooks is a better description.

I’m from near London, but I’ve lived in Rome, in Testaccio, for 11 years now, with my Sicilian partner and little boy. It all began with a blog called racheleats, which I still update intermittently, but faithfully. I also write a weekly column for The Guardian called A Kitchen in Rome. I have also written for The Financial Times, Olive magazine, The Telegraph, Food52, Food and Wine and The Spectator.  My first book Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome was published by Saltyard Books and was awarded the Andrè Simon Memorial fund food book award 2015. The US edition is called My Kitchen in Rome: Recipes and Notes on Italian Cooking. I am now working on my second book about cooking in both Rome and our family house in SE Sicily, the working title of which is Two Kitchens, and will be published in June 2017.

My Agent is Jon Elek at United Agents. This is a short film in my small kitchen made by Kat Bon Vora and another made by Michael Thomas Jones, Marissa Keating and Mina Holland for Guardian Cook.

Illustrations by Luke Best for the FT