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Work Portfolio

Read my articles on travel, food and French culture. As well as interviews and news stories published in the British national Press.

SEE MY WORK

Going to France?

Find the best places to stay, destinations and travel experiences with the help of my tips, articles and blog posts. You can search by region or subject.

GO TO FRANCE

About me

I am one of the UK’s leading food and travel writers and an expert on France. I like nothing more than telling a good story, packed with expert insight and inspirational recommendations. I am a regular contributor to The Guardian and The Times as well as numerous other national publications. My travels have seen me cycle across France’s most remote islands, search out its most heavenly beaches, eat at revered restaurants and drink the country’s most delectable aperitifs for stories in National Geographic Traveller, National Geographic Traveller Food and BBC Good Food. Being fluent in French and the editor of France Magazine for nearly a decade means I have hundreds of excellent contacts throughout the country.

As author of Lonely Planet Food’s France: From the Source, I tracked down and interviewed 65 French chefs, cooks and bakers, translated their recipes and told the stories behind their classic dishes. It was a hugely rewarding project and built on my already extensive knowledge of French food and drink.
I am also an experienced communications specialist and have a part-time role working for the legendary Roux Family as Communications Manager for The Roux Scholarship, one of the world’s most prestigious chef competitions.

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What I Do

Writing

Evocative colour features, an informative round-up, an interview or a feature that draws on all my skills – whatever you need, I can do it. French travel, food and drink are my specialities but, as a skilled journalist, I can turn my hand to any subject or style of feature.

Editing & copywriting

My experience of editing national newspapers and magazines has helped me develop a flair for reworking copy so it shines and engages. My naturally friendly and accessible writing style has depth, drawing in the audience to deliver the information and inspiration they need.

Communications consultancy

My wide-ranging experience and creativity allows me to consult on all aspects of communications: from advising on editorial design to providing a constant flow of creative ideas for marketing, PR and content. I write compelling press releases, edit websites and run inspiring social media campaigns.

Portfolio

What Michelin star chefs are eating in lockdown

What Michelin star chefs are eating in lockdown

Sawday’s Detours – how to explore France

Sawday’s Detours – how to explore France

A taste of France in six drinks

A taste of France in six drinks

New-look Roux Scholarship website

New-look Roux Scholarship website

A family road trip through France

A family road trip through France

Exploring the vineyards of the Luberon and Vaucluse

Exploring the vineyards of the Luberon and Vaucluse

Brittany’s Wild West

Brittany’s Wild West

Paris for families

Paris for families

Five under-the-radar areas of France

Five under-the-radar areas of France

France’s foodiest corner

France’s foodiest corner

Lyon’s food: past, present and future

Lyon’s food: past, present and future

Take the train to Angers

Take the train to Angers

Visit Normandy’s D-Day sites

Visit Normandy’s D-Day sites

Weekender in Northern Finistere

Weekender in Northern Finistere

Reasons to love Roscoff

Reasons to love Roscoff

Renaissance treasures in the Loire Valley

Renaissance treasures in the Loire Valley

Roscoff’s enchanting onion festival

Roscoff’s enchanting onion festival

Interview with Judith Kerr, children’s author and illustrator

Interview with Judith Kerr, children’s author and illustrator

Food and drink in Dordogne

Food and drink in Dordogne

See where the 1918 Armistice was signed

See where the 1918 Armistice was signed

Heartache and beauty on the battlefields of northern France

Heartache and beauty on the battlefields of northern France

Family cycling on the Île de Ré

Family cycling on the Île de Ré

Switch off in Village Castigno

Switch off in Village Castigno

Ferry breaks in France

Ferry breaks in France

Cycling and island-hopping in Brittany’s inland sea

Cycling and island-hopping in Brittany’s inland sea

A weekend in Nîmes

A weekend in Nîmes

Where to eat out in Paris

Where to eat out in Paris

Why there’s nothing to fear with absinthe

Why there’s nothing to fear with absinthe

10 great French holidays by train

10 great French holidays by train

Foodie Paris (BBC Good Food)

Foodie Paris (BBC Good Food)

Why Biarritz’s street market is a bargain-hunter’s heaven

Why Biarritz’s street market is a bargain-hunter’s heaven

The curious Palais Ideal and The Vercors

The curious Palais Ideal and The Vercors

Will Paris flood? The Independent

Will Paris flood? The Independent

New London – Boundless magazine

New London – Boundless magazine

The secret network hidden from Lyon’s streets

The secret network hidden from Lyon’s streets

UB40 in Antigua

UB40 in Antigua

Bordeaux guide (House & Garden Destinations)

Bordeaux guide (House & Garden Destinations)

Foodie guide to Cheltenham

Foodie guide to Cheltenham

Hidden Cotswolds – Discover Britain

Hidden Cotswolds – Discover Britain

Total Guide: Seaside France

Total Guide: Seaside France

My first book! France, From the Source

My first book! France, From the Source

The best French hotels for foodies

The best French hotels for foodies

National Trust Magazine

National Trust Magazine

A weekend in Le Havre

A weekend in Le Havre

Foodie guide to Biarritz (Olive Magazine)

Foodie guide to Biarritz (Olive Magazine)

On the radar

On the radar

A weekend in…Ile de Ré

A weekend in…Ile de Ré

A weekend in… Biarritz

A weekend in… Biarritz

Michel Guérard interview

Michel Guérard interview

Alain Passard interview

Alain Passard interview

French food and booze cruise

French food and booze cruise

Food and football in France

Food and football in France

Raconteur Made in France

Raconteur Made in France

Thomas Keller interview

Thomas Keller interview

The Independent on Sunday

The Independent on Sunday

Award-winning edition – To Paris with love

Award-winning edition – To Paris with love

Valerie Trierweiler interview

Valerie Trierweiler interview

A dream road trip in the Dordogne Valley

A dream road trip in the Dordogne Valley

Hotel de Matignon exclusive

Hotel de Matignon exclusive

Penelope Fillon interview

Penelope Fillon interview

The Dordogne Valley’s Walnut Trail

The Dordogne Valley’s Walnut Trail

Family France

Family France

Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe

A-list interviews

A-list interviews

Times Online monthly column

Times Online monthly column

I think I’m turning Japanese

I think I’m turning Japanese

Shopping, township-style

Shopping, township-style

The president’s bed

The president’s bed

Whitewater rafting the Zambezi

Whitewater rafting the Zambezi

Going to France?

Searching online for a holiday in France is like looking for a needle in a haystack, so how do you find the perfect getaway? I am one of the UK’s leading experts on French travel for The Guardian, The Times, National Geographic Traveller and Sunday Times Travel Magazine and I’ve pulled together all my articles into one easy-to-use resource that will be your first step in finding the corner of France that’s perfect for you. Find the best hotels, B&Bs and villas for every budget; where to go for a fantastic short break; how to keep the kids happy on France’s best family holidays; and the routes to take for great road trip. Search articles via the map by clicking the area of France you want to visit. 

Lille Rouen Strasbourg Paris Orleans Rennes Brest Nantes Tours Dijon Limoges Lyon Bordeaux Grenoble Montpellier Marsielle Nice Toulous Ajaccio

Going to France?

Searching online for a holiday in France is like looking for a needle in a haystack, so how do you find the perfect getaway? I am one of the UK’s leading experts on French travel for The Guardian, The Times, National Geographic Traveller and Sunday Times Travel Magazine and I’ve pulled together all my articles into one easy-to-use resource that will be your first step in finding the corner of France that’s perfect for you. Find the best hotels, B&Bs and villas for every budget; where to go for a fantastic short break; how to keep the kids happy on France’s best family holidays; and the routes to take for great road trip. Search articles via the map by clicking the area of France you want to visit. 

Map of France Go to Lille Go to Normandy Go to Paris Go to Strasbourg Go to Brittany Go to Loire Valley Go to Nantes Go to Tours Go to Burgundy Go to Limoges Go to Lyon Go to Bordeaux Go to The Alps Go to South West France Go to Languedoc Go to Nice Go to Corsica Go to Marseille

Testimonials

“I worked as Carolyn’s editor on Lonely Planet’s From the Source: France over a period of several months spanning 2016 and 2017. During that time she heartily impressed me with her depth of knowledge of France and of French cuisine. Her dedication to recipe testing and chef chasing cannot be underestimated and, if you ask nicely, she may even sketch you a complicated dish or two. She’s a good-humoured collaborator, and I’d work with her again in a flash.”

Karyn Noble

Former editor, Lonely Planet

For a food and travel magazine like ours, France is naturally one of our most important destinations and it’s incredibly useful to have someone like Carolyn on hand ‹ someone who is so knowledgeable about France and French cuisine.”

 

Glen Mutel

Editor, National Geographic Food

Carolyn’s enthusiasm and passion for French gastronomy is legendary, as an accomplished writer she manages to put this passion into words that make you feel like you are there. It’s such a joy working with Carolyn on the Roux Scholarship and I know all of the judges and scholars appreciate the energy she brings to the table.

 

Michel Roux Jr

Chairman, The Roux Scholarship

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