Miss Eliza’s English Kitchen/The Language of Food

Miss Eliza’s English Kitchen (published by William Morrow in the US, October 2021 and by Simon & Schuster as The Language of Food, February 2022) tells the story of poet and pioneering cookery writer, Eliza Acton, and her assistant, Ann Kirby.  Based on the real life of Acton, it has been translated into 16 languages and optioned by Stampede Ventures and CBS Studios. The Washington Post made it a Best Feel Good Read 2021, Country Living made it a Best of Fall book 2021, Good Housekeeping (US) made it their November Book Club pick, and the Historical Novel Society made it their Editor’s Choice November 2021.



“Brilliant… fans of women’s history will find plenty to admire.” Editor’s Choice, Historical Novel Society

“An empowering read … a story of independence and resilience that also celebrates the legitimacy of the culinary arts.” Book Club Pick, Good Housekeeping (US)

“A good historical fiction read that’s inspired by a true story…” Best New Books for Fall, Country Living (US)

“Beautifully written … engrossing.” Organic Spa Magazine

“A feast for the senses… A literary – and culinary – triumph!’ Hazel Gaynor, author of The Bird in the Bamboo Cage.

“Extraordinary…” Clare Pooley, author of The Authenticity Project

“A sumptuous banquet of a book.” Polly Crosby, author of The Illustrated Child

“An incredible story.”  JP Sarni, Stampede Ventures

“A sensual feast of a novel, written with elegance, beauty, charm and skill…” Santa Montefiore

“A fascinating, long overdue tribute to the unconventional Eliza Acton…inspiring.” Library Journal (US)

“Vivid, evocative and richly delicious.” The Bookbag