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Paris in Bloom

Last week, I was thrilled and honoured to receive an advance review copy of Georgianna Lane's stunning new book, Paris in Bloom. I urge you to pre-order now! For Francophiles, it is a book to treasure that will make your spirits soar... From beginning to end Paris in Bloom is a glorious affair. Thick with promise, the pages turn effortlessly like petals in the wind, uplifting and exhilarating, and oh so pretty, bringing gasps of joy! In our chaotic world, it offers us all a heartening remedy by celebrating the beauty and fragility of life through flowers, against the beguiling backdrop ...


Lunch at Spring Restaurant, London

Sitting between the Strand and the River Thames, Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building and a centre of excellence for culture and the arts. The complex hosts dozens of events annually, ranging from London Fashion week to photographic exhibitions and outdoor summer cinema. With a grand feel, it is particularly magical on December evenings, when locals warm up with mulled wine in front of the giant Christmas tree and skate on London’s favourite ice-rink. In warmer months you can admire the grove of 55 choreographed fountains or enjoy a cocktail on the terrace with sweeping views of the Thames. It ...


Bloomsbury Flowers

I open the door to jazz playing and a heavenly sweet smell in the air. Gorgeous bouquets and blooms carpet the floor in green, pink and white, ready for delivery. Florists are busy hand-tying posies and snipping stems as they chat and wrap. There are urns of lilacs and pails of daisies. I have fallen upon the absolutely charming little florist shop,  Bloomsbury Flowers, on Great Queen Street.     Covent Garden is divided by the main thoroughfare of Long Acre, and here on the southern side sits the piazza and most of the grand buildings, theatres and cultural facilities. It’s behind the curtain, ...


Maggie Jones’s – a cosy London restaurant

I'm sure that you're as shocked as I am, seeing a new blog post from Knife & Fork in the Road! Between posts, a lot of water has flowed under the bridge, but my personal highlight has been becoming a grandmother. Precious little Lila Grace is now seven month's old. To quote A. A. Milne in Winnie The Pooh, 'Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.' Lila, seven month's old, rugged up for a walk.   At times, however, the waters have been rather rough and choppy. I lost my dear mother just a month ago, a woman who ...

A Family in Paris in Korean

My first glimpse of A Family in Paris translated into Korean. Out now!

A Family in Paris Korean cover
*마감되었습니다. 감사합니다.
파리에서 살아보기
가장 프랑스다운 파리 16구,
본격 적응기
제인 페이크 지음/ 김희정 옮김
*6월 12일 출간예정
“집, 회사, 학교… 쉬운 건 아무 것도 없다
그럼에도 나는 파리와 사랑에 빠졌다”


L’Hôtel Banke, Paris

Back in April, I spent a night at L'Hôtel Banke, a flamboyant boutique hotel in the Opéra quarter of Paris that occupies the former headquarters of the CCF bank. Photographer Vincent Bourdon joined me for a few hours of shooting and exploring in order to create a story, and, finally I am able to share this unique place with you... The doorman takes my luggage and ushers me in with a smile. Swathes of crumpled red taffeta are draped dramatically above, lit by a spectacular contemporary chandelier. Rushing to arrive, and with my mind elsewhere, I am suddenly brought into the moment ...


A Morning in Time: Memories and Milking

Last weekend I drove down to Hynam and spent a couple of days with my brother and sister-in-law at Langkyne, the property I grew up on. Just three-and-a-half hours south of Adelaide, it's always nostalgic going back and I am thankful that I am still able to revisit my childhood home, which is full of happy memories. At first light on Sunday morning I crept out of the house, pulled on my rubber boots and went for a long walk around the vineyards and across the paddocks, as I always do when I visit. There is something incredibly special about being under ...


A Family in Paris in Paperback

Wonderful news! Penguin Books Australia is planning a paperback edition of A Family in Paris, perfect to tuck in your suitcase and take with you on your travels. I'll post more information closer to the February 2015 publication date, including where to pre-order. If you would like to purchase a copy of the original hardback, please note that there is limited quantity remaining, so drop into your local bookshop soon. Alternatively, head to, or Included this week in Ten Best Memoirs for Summer Reading by Kay Sanger.


Cook’n with Class

Pick up a copy of the Weekend Australian today to read about my Morning Market Cooking Class at a super little cooking school for English speakers on the butte of Montmartre. To read more about Cook'n with Class go to Cook'n with Class; a boutique cooking school nestled in the backstreets of Montmartre. Photo: Vincent Bourdon Scallops in orange butter sauce with candied citrus zest and white asparagus. Photo: Vincent Bourdon A warm chocolate fondant with a molten stream of striped chocolate lava. Photo: Vincent Bourdon