Mood Food: Jack Monroe and Kimberley Wilson

Jack Monroe has transformed debates about food, poverty, mental health and more in the UK since her breakthrough Cooking on a Bootstrap blog. Now she is one of our most popular food writers, but still offering a very personal take on modern life. Monroe talks to Kimberley Wilson, a chartered psychologist whose work looks at the role food and lifestyle plays in our mental health, including disordered eating, the gut-brain axis and our emotional relationship with food. Guardian writer Zoe Williams chairs this frank and informative event about food, diet and mental health.

 

Jack Monroe is a food writer and anti-poverty campaigner. Jack started writing her blog, A Girl Called Jack, in February 2012, in response to a local councillor who claimed that ‘druggies, drunks and single mums are ruining the High Street.’ What started as a local politics blog developed into budget food and recipes, which were picked up with interest by the national press as she detailed living with her son on a food budget of just £10 a week. Her new book Good Food for Bad Days came out in May 2020 and brings together seventy-five comforting and affordable recipes to make when you’re low in spirits.

 

Kimberley Wilson is a chartered psychologist and visiting lecturer working in private practice in central London. She is a governor of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Mental Health Trust and the former chair of the British Psychological Society's Training Committee in Counselling Psychology. She has just published her first book, How to Build a Healthy Brain. Kimberley's philosophy of Whole Body Mental Health is a comprehensive approach to mental health care; integrating evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle factors with psychological therapy. A former finalist on the Great British Bake Off and an award-winning food producer with training in nutrition, Kimberley's work looks at the role food and lifestyle plays in our mental health, including disordered eating, the gut-brain axis and our emotional relationship with food.