The Journalist

Paul Joy articleI started writing a TV and consumer column for New Woman in 1991 while working in TV and Radio (GLR’s glory days) as a freelance researcher. I moved on to food for Taste Magazine when I was working on Channel Four’s investigative food series Food File.

My unique approach to food writing has taken me through kitchens and restaurants in conversations with some of the best chefs in the world, but began with an interview at Harvey’s with Marco Pierre White for Taste Magazine. His sexual references and gastro punk attitude resulted in a feature on Radio One’s Newsbeat at a time when young people were discovering good food for the first time in decades.

I write about the world that I find; food, friends, kids (Supernanny), travel, health – particularly the alternative variety and the good things of life.

Increasingly, I make vlogs to accompany my journalistic work. Here’s one I made while writing the book ‘Baby Green’ with Jill Barker on the issues of fairtrade and organic cotton  in India.  Green Baby: The Story of Organic Cotton.

Here’s my latest piece in November 2013’s issue of Psychologies which has me sniffing my way to my spiritual home of Malaysia.

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I particularly like to write about people who change the world. Here’s an article in Reader’s Digest’s August 2012 issue about one of them.Carla 1Carla RD 2

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Jetwing is a travel company which is really making a difference in Sri Lanka with its eco builds and community initiatives. Here’s a piece I wrote in Nov 2012’s Psychologies magazine about why it matters.





Karen Hadfield is one of those people who doesn’t let life stand in the way of adventure. This autumn, I went to check out the arts guest house  she built with her Berber partner in the middle of the Moroccan Sahara and found an oasis.  Psychologies Jan





And Billy Zima is one of those people you usually only see in the movies. 

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