Tom Parker Bowles
Tom is fast becoming one of the UK's most respected food writers. He has a food column in Live Night and Day in The Mail on Sunday and in Tatler, and his first book "E is for Eating: An Alphabet of Greed" showcased his witty, modern take on food and eating. He is a passionate advocate of ethically grown and reared food and a champion of local British produce.
His second book, "The Year of Eating Dangerously" has just been published by Ebury in October 2006. In it he goes to Laos to sample water beetles and to Korea to taste for himself why dog is still found on the menu. He climbs Spanish cliffs in search of goose-neck barnacles, and surreptitiously seeks out elvers (baby eels) at the witching hour in Gloucestershire. He takes part in a chilli-eating contest in New Mexico and savours sauces with names like Butt Twister, Colon Cleanser and Ditch the Bitch. He discovers that bee pupae are delicious, 'as addictive as Pringles but 100 times as nice' whereas silkworm pupae make him think of 'freshly dug graves'. The book teaches us, if nothing else, that Tom Parker Bowles is seriously dedicated to eating.
Tom is the son of the Duchess of Cornwall (formerly Camilla Parker Bowles) and Andrew Parker Bowles. He is married to Sara Buys, a fashion features editor at Harpers & Queen and the couple had their first child Lola Rosalind in October 2007.
Tom admits that he wakes up every morning thinking about food - whether to have a big breakfast or to conserve his appetite for lunch, or what to cook for Sara's supper - and he eats so fast you'd think he'd been starving for a week.
Full English: A Journey Through the British and Their Food, Ebury Press, 2009
The Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes, Ebury Press, Jul 2007
E is for Eating: An Alphabet of Greed, Long Barn Books, Oct 2004