Martine Bailey

About me

Martine Bailey’s first historical novel ‘An Appetite for Violets’, is a gastronomic mystery set in eighteenth century Europe (Hodder & Stoughton, May 2014 and St Martin’s Press, US, January 2015). Written as a book of recipes, it takes sharp-witted cook Biddy Leigh on a murderous trip from England to Italy. In pursuit of authenticity Martine studied with food historian Ivan Day and experienced Georgian food and fashion at firsthand with an historic re-enactment society.
Martine lives in Cheshire, England after recently returning from a 20-month stay in New Zealand. She is married with one son and her second novel for Hodder & Stoughton, The Penny Heart, will be released in May 2015.

From my website

Interview with Martine Bailey by Rebecca Mascull

To celebrate January's UK paperback publication of AN APPETITE FOR VIOLETS, today I’m interviewing Martine Bailey about her delicious debut novel. The UK pocket paperback of An Appetite for Violets [1] ‘An Appetite for Violets’ is such an intriguing and beautiful title. Can you explain how you came up with…

A PIE TO MAKE US MERRY – in Honour of the Christmas Pie

My favourite symbol of Georgian Christmas abundance has to be the Christmas Pie. Not to be confused with small minced pies of mostly dried fruit, this pie is a monster – a battlemented fantasy of plenty weighing as much as 15 stones.  Stuffed with increasing sizes of game, from small…

A Soul Cake for Hallowe'en

It is the end of October, the fields are bare, the leaves have been blown from the trees, and the nights are growing longer. The darkness is coming. At this time of year we celebrate the end of summer and the cycle of death and rebirth. From as far back…

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