Selected Press

Just a few selected excerpts from reviews and favourite press cuttings.


“Pipperade” in The Week

My friends Iain and Llewela told me they were sitting around their kitchen one saturday morning.

“What’s Pipperade then,” he asked. “Just a poncy food writer name for scrambled eggs.” she said. “Oh, okay. I’ll mention that to Tim.” he said.

It’s a much edited version of the recipe in Five Fat Hens.


Suffolk’s Tim Hen Man, by Steven Russell

East Anglian Daily Times

“I’m not suggesting it’s writing as thereapy but there’s something about only celebrating the good stuff”.

Five Fat Hens is more than a cookery book, though packed with seasonal recipes. It’s also a glimpse of the family’s life in 2003, as Tim, wife Annie and their young children shift across the border from Cambridgeshire to Cavendish in Suffolk.

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Five Fat Hens (review), by Nick Harman


It’s refreshing to read a cookbook that isn’t just recipes.  Tim manages to do it without the preening of a Nigel Slater or the matrician language of an Elizabeth David. This is a book you can actually read because Tim really can write very well indeed. Touches of Bryson-ish humour are everywhere and he doesn’t take himself seriously, the mark of any good writer. He even knows what an Oxford comma is and how it’s used, I bet Nigey doesn’t know that.

This is a lovely book to read and cook from. As good to dip into on the commute to and from work as it is to use in the kitchen. So many cookbooks appear every week by people who are just after your money. Tim is after your soul or at the very least your yolk.

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Far from your average cookery book

Suffolk Free Press

Their names were Angelica, Anastasia, Princess Amidala, Beatrice and Bronwyn, and between them they inspired a Suffolk father to write a cookbook with a difference.

It takes readers month by month through a year of his life as hen-keeper and enthusiastic provider of tasty and original meals for his family.

Far from your average cookery book, it is much more like a cosy chat around the kitchen table with recipes included.

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