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Kathy Slack







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 writing recipes for various brands and publications. She is a proud supporter of sustainable farming and a mental health advocate. Kathy’s first book, From the Veg Patch, was published by Ebury in June 2021. It was named one of the Top 25 Best Cookbooks of 2021 by Delicious magazine and was shortlisted for The Guild of Food Writers Award for Best Book in 2022.

She has a column in Borough Market’s award-winning magazine, Market Life, and a regular seasonal recipe feature in The Simple Things Magazine. She also writes and hosts a podcast, Tales from the Veg Patch, and a regular slot on BBC Radio Oxford. 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 2021. Her podcast is a finalist for Best Broadcast in the Garden Media Guild annual awards 2022.

You can find more of her writing at, where she posts about the gluts she gets from the veg patch and the ensuing gluttony in the kitchen.

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