Bee Wilson

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Beatrice Dorothy "Bee" Wilson (born 7 March 1974) is a British food writer, journalist and historian and the author of five books on food-related subjects.


For five years from 1998, Wilson was the food critic of the New Statesman magazine, where she wrote about subjects such as school meals.[1]

After that, Wilson wrote the "Kitchen Thinker" column in the Sunday Telegraph's "Stella" magazine for twelve years.[2] For the column, she was named the Guild of Food Writers food journalist of the year in 2004, 2008 and 2009.[3]

Wilson has written book reviews and other articles for The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Times Literary Supplement.[4][5] She has written "Page Turner" blogs for The New Yorker on ideas about the recipe.[6][7] She has contributed articles to the London Review of Books, on subjects such as film, biography, history and music.[8]

In 2016, her book First Bite: How We Learn to Eat won the Special Commendation Award at the Andre Simon Food and Drink Awards[9] and Food Book of the Year at the Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink Awards.[10] That book was described in The Financial Times as being 'about the pleasure of eating and how we can reconnect with this'. [11]

Wilson is chair of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery.[12]


According to The New Yorker writer Jane Kramer, "Bee Wilson describes herself as a food writer. That's half the story". In Kramer's opinion, Wilson writes on food as it relates to history, ideas and human life.[13] In The New York Times, Dawn Drzal described Wilson as "a congenial kitchen oracle".[14]


  • The Hive: The Story of the Honeybee and Us, John Murray, 2004
  • Swindled: From Poison Sweets to Counterfeit Coffee, John Murray and Princeton University Press, 2008
  • Sandwich: A Global History, Reaktion Books, 2010
  • Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat, Basic Books, 2012 (history of kitchen technology, from fire to the AeroPress)[15]
  • First Bite: How We Learn to Eat, Basic Books and Fourth Estate[16]


  1. ^ Bee Wilson "Food", New Statesman, 17 March 2002
  2. ^ "Telegraph website". Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Guild Of Food Writers". Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Bee Wilson, Bee "The Baguette is Back", Times Literary Supplement, 6 June 2007
  5. ^ Bee Wilson "Smell the Coffee", Times Literary Supplement, 31 October 2007
  6. ^ Wilson, Bee. "Pleasures of the Literary Meal". The New Yorker. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Wilson, Bee. "The Allure of Imagined Meals". The New Yorker. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  8. ^ London Review of Books. "Bee Wilson". London Review of Books. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "2015 Awards: Food". Andre Simon. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Food and Drink Awards 2017". Fortnum and Mason. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Russell, Polly. "First Bite: How We Learn to Eat by Bee Wilson". The Financial Times. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  12. ^ Duguid, Naomi. "Report on the Oxford Symposium 2015". Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  13. ^ Kramer, Jane (18 March 2013). "A Fork of One's Own". The New Yorker. 
  14. ^ Drzal, Dawn. "The Science of Sizzle". Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  15. ^ Poole, Steven. "Consider the Fork Review". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  16. ^ Finney, Clare. "It's Not Naughty. It's Not Virtuous. It's Food.". Borough Market. "We don't have an instinct that tells us what to eat... It's not a moral thing. It's a skill we learn". 

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