Hi, my name is Justine and I love to cook and write. At the age of nine, I started compiling my first recipe book and I haven’t stopped food writing since.
I’m the author of Freeze and the Without The Calories series, and co-author of the Fast800 Recipe Book, as well as many other titles. I occasionally appear on TV, pop up on the radio regularly and contribute to several national magazines and newspapers.
There are some fantastic food books out there, but mine are aimed at people who are looking for everyday inspiration. I write recipes that fit into normal life, for food that you can cook in the middle of a busy week rather than saving for high days and holidays. It’s food that the whole family can enjoy together.
I use ingredients that are easy to find and try to write my recipes really clearly, so even the most inexperienced cook will get great results. For me, there is no point creating a book, however beautiful, if nobody cooks from it. My books are practical and packed with recipes and tips, including lots of information on freezing for when you’re cooking for one or two, or need to prepare ahead.
I’m not a nutritionist, but I’ve helped hundreds of thousands of people lose weight over the past 15 years. I love creating healthy eating recipes that are relaxed and easy-going. For me, it isn’t all about kale and quinoa (although they have their place), in my cookbooks, I kept the calories as low as possible without ever compromising on taste. I believe this is the best way to maintain a healthy weight, because if the food in your new regime doesn’t taste great, making changes in your diet can be really tough.
If the food is not only healthier, but looks and tastes amazing (and you know everyone else in the family will eat it), you can relax and losing weight will happen naturally.
All the books in the Without the Calories series can also be used in conjunction with lots of other diet plans as I’ve included the nutritional information for each recipe, not just the calories. If you have a plan that’s already working for you, I hope my recipes give you plenty of fresh ideas.
TV, Magazines and Newspapers
With a career spanning over 20 years, I have created content for some of the UK’s most popular magazines, newspapers and websites including BBC Food, BBC Good Food, the Daily Mail, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph.
I have also coached and consulted on a range of television series, as well as helping celebrity chefs and TV presenters develop recipes. My credits range from BBC 2’s Ready Steady Cook, Masterchef USA, Channel 4 hits such as The F Word and You Are What You Eat to the BBC’s What To Eat Now and Hairy Bikers series; foodie favourites like Clarissa and the King’s Cookbook and Raymond Blanc: How To Cook Well; and kids’ shows Gastronuts and Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch.
With more than 20 years’ experience in food media across TV and radio, print and now digital, Justine Pattison has an unrivalled range of expertise – and she still loves cooking. Hundreds of dishes, all meticulously tested, pass through her purpose-built test kitchen every year. They might be destined for her bestselling books, commercial projects, national newspapers or TV series, but they’re all created with her unique care, creativity and experience.