Getting to Know Emma Galloway

Meet the face behind the award-winning food blog, My Darling Lemon Thyme and bestselling book of the same name!

Emma Galloway is also a stylist and photographer, writes for Cuisine magazine and lives in Raglan. Every Day is Emma's brand new third book and is packed full of wholesome vegetarian ideas from her home kitchen.

This hard cover book is a gorgeous collection of go-to, easy yet delicious recipes, and with Mother's Day just around the corner, we think Every Day would make the perfect gift for some inspirational healthy home cooking. Read on for our interview... but prepare to feel hungry!


What is your day job?

Food writer, recipe developer, stylist + photographer.


What is your connection to Vic Books?

Stockist and supporter of my book! I have not had the pleasure of visiting, but I hope to remedy that someday soon :-)


What are you working on at the moment?

I'm finishing up some recipes for a magazine I write for and also full flight launching Every Day!


Congratulations on your new cookbook, Every Day! What was the inspiration for this vegetarian collection of recipes?

Thank you. The inspiration for this book came from the many messages and emails I’ve received over the years, from people struggling to create affordable, achievable and nourishing food for themselves and their families. The recipes use readily available ingredients and dotted throughout my every day recipes, you’ll find my base or ‘anything’ recipe, where I give you the basic recipe and ideas on how to change things up depending on what you have at hand at different times throughout the year. I also share tips and tricks for reducing food waste and cooking smarter by utilising leftovers.


Can you describe Every Day in three words?

Flavour-packed, honest and un-fussy.


Roasted cauli + sizzled lentil tacos, roasted strawberry + ginger ice cream, kimchi noodle soup - dee-licious! What are some of your favourite family go-to recipes at home?

We love tacos, rice paper rolls, curry, burgers and pizza in our house and I have recipes for all of these in Every Day.

Cardamom + dark chocolate ‘cheesecake’ bars & Black pepper tofu bún chả

Your blog, My Darling Lemon Thyme was named after the song My Darling Clementine (you would sing to your daughter and she mixed up the words one day - cute!). This is a wonderful cookbook for Mother's Day. Getting stuck in with children in the kitchen can help set up a lifetime love of cooking - what are your favourite memories of cooking with your family?

Haha, yes, my daughter was four at the time and I started my blog a few months later. It seemed like too cute a name to pass up. Growing up my mum created the most amazing meals, using the homegrown produce which her and Dad grew. My favourite cooking memories would be making cake with my mum, though I'm not sure I was ever much help! I really loved creaming the butter and sugar together... mostly just so I could swipe a sneaky fingerful and lick the wooden spoon afterwards.


Our wonderful Kitchen Manager, Anne, baked your "Any-Fruit Muffins" and we taste tested them on our review segment on RadioActive. What's your favourite Kiwi cafe treat?

Ah that's so awesome! Muffins are most definitely a favourite cafe treat of mine and something I have made thousands of times in my life as a chef and now mother of two.


My Darling Lemon Thyme is a bestseller, your gorgeous blog of the same name is super popular and your work has appeared on Oprah and in The Guardian. How do you think food journalism has changed in recent times?

I'd say the change has mostly just been in the sheer volume of it out there nowadays. Everyone has a food blog or shares recipes on their social channels, which is a far cry from when I started My Darling Lemon Thyme, nearly 11 years ago. Back then hardly anyone even knew what a food blog was here in NZ and I had to often explain it to friends and family.

Photo credit: Lottie Hedley

Some quick fire book recommendations please!

Super Natural Simple by Heidi Swanson

One: Pot, Pan, Planet by Anna Jones

Eating for Pleasure, People & Planet by Tom Hunt

Cannelle et Vanille by Aran Goyoaga.


What are you reading at the moment?

I've got two books on the go at the moment and they couldn't be more different. One is Untamed by Glennon Doyle and the other is The Monsanto Papers by Carey Gillam.


What do you like about them?

Untamed is incredibly empowering, especially for us females. And The Monsanto Papers is harrowing, even more so because it's based on real events, exposing the deadly secrets and corporate corruption behind one of the biggest chemical companies on earth.


What's your favourite food-themed novel? Why?

I'm sure I have many, but I'm really bad at remembering names. A food-themed memoir that springs to mind which I read recently was Alice Waters book Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook. As a former chef and as someone who has always dreamt of having my own cafe or restaurant, I found her story insightful and inspiring.


Hardback or paperback?



Favourite coffee? Favourite afternoon tea treat?

I've never drunk coffee, but I love all herbal teas, especially ones made from herbs from the garden (there's a section in Every Day about making herbal teas from produce you have at home!). Fave afternoon treat, a line of Whittaker's 50% dark chocolate.