Sybil Kapoor

Cookery Book of the Year, Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards 2018

Food Writer of the Year, Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards 2015

Sybil Kapoor is an award winning food and travel writer. Her latest book: Sight Smell Touch Taste Sound - A New Way to Cook (Pavilion Books) has just won the prestigious Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards Cookery Book of the Year. The book is unique in its exploration of multi-sensory cooking and will be published in the USA on 1st September 2019. ' Sybil's book has taken the complicated subject of the multi-sensory approach to cooking and made it both approachable and fun.' - Kyle Connaughton, Chef/Owner Single Thread Farm-Restaurant-Inn.

For further information, please contact Komal Patel at Pavilion or Sybil Kapoor via the Get in Touch page on this website.  

You can hear Sybil speaking about her book (and life) on the following podcasts:

In conversation with Gilly Smith for Delicious magazine:

An evening with Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer aka Honey & Co. talking about life and food:

Monocle Radio talking with Markus Hippi about what makes the perfect dish:

She has won five national awards for her books, cookery writing, food journalism and broadcasting, including two prestigious Glenfiddich Awards, two Michael Smith Awards from the Guild of Food Writers for work on British food and Fortnum & Mason's Food & Drink Awards for Food Writer of the Year 2015. 

Sybil's other cookery books include  Modern British Food, Simply British and Taste A New Way to Cook. “My books allow me to develop my ideas, but are always focused on how to create delicious food at home.” In  Simply Veg: A Modern Guide to Everyday Eating  (Pavilion), for example, she says “I had a lot of fun trying to create recipes that bring out the best of a vegetable while packing in as much information as possible about each vegetable from practical tips to their history.  Did you know that chillies were cultivated commercially in England in the 19th century or that Samuel Pepys cited cucumbers as a cause of death in 1663?”

She also works with Borough Market and curated their summer 2016 and 2017 series of debates and talks with some of Britain's leading people in the food world ranging from Pierre Koffmann and Claudia Roden to Bee Wilson and Jay Rayner.  

Born and brought up in the English countryside, she embarked on a career as a chef in London and New York.  In 1985 she became sous chef at Jam’s, Jonathan Waxman’s first restaurant in New York.  On her return to London she became head chef at Clarke’s, later moving to Café Kensington, both of which specialised in fresh-tasting modern food.  Her love of seasonal ingredients soon led her to an interest in British cooking, then considered unfashionable.  Captivated by its clean flavours and simplicity she began to promote its cause when, in 1991, she embarked on a new career as food writer.

With a breadth of knowledge of the food world, she has written on both of cookery and food related matters as well as travel for the British nationals, including the Financial Times, the Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph.  She has also written for magazines such as The Economist's 1843 Magazine, House & Garden, Conde Nast Traveller, Sainsbury's Magazine,  Delicious, Country Life, Countryside Voice (CPRE magazine) and Waitrose Food Illustrated. She writes a blog for Borough Market in London.

She has regularly featured on both radio and television in programmes such as Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 and Channel 4's Weekday Brunch Market.

Not being one of life's techies, this website should be treated as an occasional ongoing project.  “I wanted to create a site that people would enjoy dipping into, whether to find a recipe for supper or to read something interesting. It's a bit quirky as I draw on both past and current work. Where possible, I’ll include photographs and illustrations from some of the brilliant photographers and artists I’ve worked with throughout my career. Toby Glanville, who took my portrait here, was one of the first photographers I worked with, and remains a firm favourite.” 




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