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Claire Hopley

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Full name Claire Hopley
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
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I specialise in articles and books on food and travel, often with an historical slant . I spend several months a year in England and several months in America, so I am well-qualified to write about American food and travel for English readers and vice versa. I am equally interested in writing about British food and that of other countries, especially Greece, where I have also lived and worked. I always seek to get beyond the surface and explain why things are the way they are. I also hope to evoke experiences so that others are inspired to try them for themselves. Currently, I am working on articles about harvesting maple sap and making it into maple syrup, cranberrry oddities and how to cook them, Maine lobsters, and Greek vegetable dishes. I am seeking commissions for all these articles, as well as for articles on tea and tea-times -- the topic of one my recently published books. ( My other books are on Christmas, New England cooking, and the Berkshires of Massachusetts.) I am also interested to hear from editors and others who want to commission articles or books on food or travel. Currently, my travel plans for 2012 include Panama, Quebec, and Andalucia. I'd like to discuss story ideas on all of these places, as well as on New England.

Editorial work Features writing, Editing
Last updated 30-01-2017 15:36

Biography

I was born and grew up in England, but lived for many years in the USA, where I worked as a food columnist, travel writer, and a college teacher of writing. I have also lived in Puerto Rico and Greece. I have spent considerable time in Poland and Russia, and I have travelled widely in Europe, Caribbean and elsewhere. I've written about all these places, most recently about Greece in The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2009/apr/11/greece-athens-beaches) and on the blog www.greekisland-hopping.com. I have also written two books published in the USA: New England Cooking: Seasons and Celebrations (Berkshire House, A Division of W.W.Norton, 2001) and The World of Blantyre ( Blantyre Inc. 2008). Two further books were published by Pen and Sword books in England in 2009: The History of Tea in August, and The History of Christmas and its Feasts. Currently, I continue to work for American outlets -- often writing book reviews as well as feature pieces -- but I am hoping to extend into more UK magazines and newspapers. Currently, I am at work on a cookboo about vegetables, and a proposal for a book to be called American Cooking in British Kitchens.