My half baked idea



Hello! I’m Livvy and I’m an award winning food writer, baker and wedding caterer.

I am the cookery columnist for Spectator Life, writing their Vintage Chef column, and have written for delicious, Sainsbury’s Magazine, the Guardian, The Telegraph, At The Table, the New Statesman, Oh ComelySlightly Foxed, the Evening Standard, White Noise, Root + Bone and Domestic Sluttery. I judged the Guild of Food Writers’ Food Book Award 2018, and have lectured on Brexit and the future of food at the Oxford Food Symposium. In 2017, I was awarded the YBF’s Fresh Voices in Food Writing award for a piece about my mum, Delia, and minestrone soup. In 2019, I was shortlisted for the Fortnum and Mason cookery writer of the year.

My book, A Half Baked Idea: How grief, love and cake took me from the courtroom to Le Cordon Bleu is published by Fig Tree on 25 July 2019, and is available for preorder now. It has been featured on the High Low, and Dolly Alderton called it an ‘utterly beautiful, moving, bittersweet book on love and loss. I loved it’, and Ella Risbridger said ‘I loved it so much. It’s funny, sharp, sad […] I laughed so much (and I cried)’. You can contact my publicist here.


A heart-wrenching yet humorous portrayal of grief, a delicious collection of recipes, an inspirational tale of changing careers, and a feel good love story (British Vogue)

An honest, brave and funny account of what it is to love, to lose love and how to make macarons (Red magazine)

All images, text, and recipes on this site are owned by me, unless otherwise stated. Please contact me at oliviapotts [at] gmail [dot] com if you’d like to reproduce any of them. I’m represented by Zoe Ross at United Agents, and am available for freelance writing, recipes, recipe development and commissions. 


As well as writing, I’m a private chef and baker. I supply local cafes and take private commissions, making everything from brownies to wedding cakes. For more information on some of the best doughnuts in London, there’s a designated page here.

If you’re looking for my tv-themed supperclubs or some larger scale catering – anything from private parties or hen nights to large weddings  – then you probably want my catering company, FEAST, which you can find here. I cater with my brilliant friend Kate Young, and we’ll bring the freshest, most seasonal food to you and your friends, cooking and serving for you wherever you wish. We’re experienced with large numbers, building professional kitchens in unusual places, and being able to respond to whatever a wedding might throw at us! We host the acclaimed Seasonal Feasts from Fiction, a series of literary themed dinners – from the Cazalet chronicles to Danny the Champion of the World – aligning with the seasons, at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road.

You can follow me on twitter for blow-by blow accounts of my baking journey @_Poots_ and see my works in progress on Instagram @ahalfbakedidea.

If you’ve tried one of my recipes and loved it, I’m dying to know – but if you’ve tried a recipe of mine and it hasn’t worked, that’s even more important. Please let me know in the comments what went right, what went wrong, and what you’d like to see me do next.

Livvy x