Ruth Cowen

Ruth Cowen is an award-winning author, journalist, broadcaster, editor and speaker. Her work has appeared regularly in newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Telegraph and the Sunday Times. She has written and presented a number of documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and appeared on many TV programmes.

Her first book Relish: The Extraordinary Story of Alexis Soyer, Victorian Celebrity Chef, was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2007. Relish was awarded The Jeremy Round First Book Award and The Guild of Food Writers Book of the Year, and was a finalist for The Glenfiddich Award and The Irish Book Awards. In 2010 a sell-out adaptation of Relish was produced by the National Youth Theatre in London. Relish was republished by Orion in May 2018.

Ruth is also an experienced editor. In March 2013 she edited A Nurse at the Front (Simon & Schuster and the IWM), which reached the Sunday Times Bestseller list. She has worked on many other books, including the ground-breaking Forgotten Voices series by Max Arthur. Her 2016 audiobook Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch, starring Tim Pigott-Smith and Lindsay Duncan, reached number 8 in the global Audible charts.

Ruth also enjoys public speaking, and in 2015 gave a four-week lecture course on Gastronomic History at The Victoria & Albert Museum.