Words and food and ethics. Not a ‘foodie’.

Hi there. My name is Malou. I’m a freelance food writer and editor, focussed on ethics, sustainability, culture, folklore and history. I write to record the frugal food traditions and fading heritage of our ancestors, as well as promoting more planet-friendly, waste-free cooking.

I mainly spend my time heading up the blog for ethical grocer, Farmdrop, accosting grandmothers in their kitchens, cooking, and making storecupboard staples from scratch (vinegar and butter, new obsessions) but I also write regularly for Borough Market, as well as National Geographic, Roads & Kingdoms and Olive Magazine.

So why food and ethics? I started out working as deputy editor for Jamie Oliver, editing his recipes, writing his columns, making his cookbooks and working on his campaigns to get more people cooking from scratch. In the (almost) five years I worked with him, Jamie taught me a lot about why and how our food choices have a huge impact on our health and the planet.  In 2016, I left my wonderful job and my home in London to travel solo around eastern Europe and the Caucasus to work on eco-farms, stay in rural communities and learn from the women who’ve been cooking and eating like this for hundreds of years. Now, back in London, I’m still writing, still cooking, still eating.

Work with me

Hit me up if you know any frugal cooks with a story to tell or a meal to share. You have a story you want telling, or you’re a sustainable food business, organisation or chef seeking branding copy, recipe editing, help with tone of voice or anything else words-related. Email me: mk.herkes [at] gmail.com

My writing in other places

Jamieoliver.com | How to cut food waste: the best-before myth.
Farmdrop.com | What are ancient grains and why should we eat them?
The Guardian | Farm bought and paid for: James Martin’s final meal.
Farmdrop.com | Everything you need to know about cow’s milk.
Farmdrop.com | How supermarkets ruined salad.
Jamieoliver.com | How to cut food waste: fabulous freezer tips.
Borough Market: The Frugal Cook | The true price of food.
Borough Market: The Frugal Cook | Start at the empty fridge.
Borough Market: The Frugal Cook | How to learn from your grandmother.
Borough Market: The Frugal Cook | Learn the basics and waste less.
Borough Market: The Frugal Cook | The hidden food waste you never see.
Roads & Kingdoms | Pork lardons in breakfast porridge is a classy move: cicvara in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Farmdrop.com | Your ultimate guide to alternative flours: 7 to try this pancake day.
Farmdrop.com | Wild greens to go foraging for right now: a guide.
Olive Magazine | Secret summer food festivals 2018.

Farmdrop.com | DIY Pantry series
How to make your everyday pantry staples from scratch, including:

Mayonnaise
Apple cider vinegar
Yoghurt
Butter
Preserved lemons
Labneh
Water kefir
Paneer cheese
Hummus
Tahini
Icing sugar
Kombucha
Dairy-free alternative milks: a guide
Almond milk
Flavoured olive oils
Flavoured salts
Sun-dried tomatoes
Cordials