Recipe Development

Marzipan Fruits

Marzipan Fruits published in The People’s Friend December 2014

Karen Burns-Booth is a free-lance food & travel writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a passion for local, seasonal ingredients. She is a member of the prestigious Guild of Food Writers and regularly contributes to a variety of print publications and online recipe sites, as well as creating bespoke recipes for numerous major brands and supermarkets in the UK and Europe. Key brands Karen has worked with are:

McCormick, Organic UK, Maille, Cath Kidston, Churchill China, Le Creuset, Le Parfait, Tala, Sous Vide, Baxters, Applewood Cheese, Stokes SaucesJohn Lewis, Celebrity Cruises, Asda, Waitrose, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and many more.

Karen specialises in preserving, baking, seasonal fare and healthy low-calorie recipes having recently lost weight on the 5:2 intermittent diet. In addition to writing for her own site, she also writes for Great British Chefs and runs a seasonal cookery school in SW France. When she is not in the kitchen she can be found travelling the world with a camera and notebook, searching for new ingredients and recipe inspiration.

Best of British Beef Burgers with Applewood® Cheese and Bacon

Best of British Beef Burgers with Applewood® Cheese and Bacon

Please DO contact me for any commissioned work you require! Karen

I am a published food writer and recipe developer as well as a former restaurateur; many of my recipes have been published and featured in major UK magazines, newspaper supplements as well as food and drink websites, recipe books, supermarket leaflets, brochures and on recipe cards.

 I am regularly commissioned by numerous major UK brands (see above) to create and develop recipes for them, with full nutritional information, food styling and photographic images provided. I am happy to be approached to develop recipes, and can provide samples and images of past work. Please contact me via the contact form or email me at:

karen [at]lavenderandlovage[dot]com

The Little Book of Treats

The recipe on the cover is one of my recipes that was published in The Little Book of Treats, sold by Marks and Spencer in aid of MacMillan Cancer Charity: Little Chocolate and Violet Fancies