Jessica’s interest in food history and culinary nostalgia began in the vaults of The Women’s Institute, whilst working as journalist for the WI membership magazine, WI Life. The Vintage Cake Spot blog is home to her collection of old-fashioned recipes that inspired her first book, The WI Vintage Teatime (Simon & Schuster, 2012) featuring teatime bakes and cakes sourced and adapted from the WI archives.
Jessica is Features Writer at Coast magazine and a member of The Guild of Food Writers. When not by the sea or taking tea with WI members around the country, she enjoys trips home to Grimsby to visit family over a good plate of fish and chips.
As part of a commemorative series of interviews and portraits, Jessica along with fellow WI member Louise Haywood-Schiefer, are travelling around Britain to uncover some of the best-loved recipes of The Women’s Institute – and meet the members behind each recipe in their very own kitchen.
The series, run as an independent editorial project with support from the WI, aims to record, preserve and celebrate the unique tales and legacies behind WI cooks and bakers across the federations today. The journey has so far taken the pair from Hackney to Huddersfield, via members in Derbyshire and Dorset; all of whom have brought uniquely colourful stories, recipes and treats to the kitchen table. Their gorgeous blog – http://wikitchenstories.co.uk is a behind-the-scenes peek of their adventures so far, interspersed with musings on everything from cats and new projects, to inspiring reads and recipes for their latest bakes. Follow their journey on @wi_kitchen.