Kathy Slack

Date(s): Fri 26th July, Sat 27th July

Kathy Slack is a cook, veg grower and writer who worked in advertising agencies in London for more than a decade before burnout and depression took hold and she escaped to the Oxfordshire countryside, finding solace, and a new career, in the veg patch.

After learning the ropes at Daylesford Organic Farm, she became a full time writer and recipe developer, hosting supper clubs and cookery demonstrations with harvests from her garden, as well as food styling and developing recipes for brands and publications. She is a proud supporter of sustainable farming and a mental health advocate.

Kathy’s first book, From the Veg Patch (Ebury) was named one of the Top 25 cookbooks in 2021 by Delicious magazine and was shortlisted for The Guild of Food Writers Award for Best Book 2022.

She writes a regular seasonal recipe feature in The Simple Things Magazine and is a former column for Borough Market’s award-winning magazine, Market Life. She also writes the Substack newsletter, Tales from the Veg Patch, and is a regular seasonal recipe writer for OcadoLife. She hosts two posdcasts and is a regular on BBC Radio Oxford and Magic FM.

Kathy is also Fortnum and Mason’s vegetable expert, hosting events and talks about growing food at the Food and Drink Studio. She also gives talks and demonstrations at various festivals, including the RHS Festival of Flavours, Big Feastival, Rock Oyster and Wilderness, all with a focus on growing and cooking your own food.

Kathy won the Young British Foodie award and the Soil Association’s Best Blog award in 2019 and the Guild of Food Writers Award for online writing in 2019 and 2021. Her podcast was a finalist for Best Audio Broadcast in the Garden Media Guild awards 2022.

You can find more of her writing at kathyslack.substack.com, where she creates seasonal, mostly-veggie recipes inspired by the veg patch and shares tales from the garden to reconnect you with nature.