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Tamasin Day-Lewis

Lydia Tamasin Day-Lewis (born 17 September 1953) is an English television chef and food critic, who has also published a dozen books about food, restaurants, recipes and places. She writes regularly for The Daily Telegraph, Vanity Fair, and Vogue.

Lydia Tamasin Day-Lewis
Born (1953-09-17) 17 September 1953 (age 66)
OccupationTelevision chef, food critic
Parent(s)Cecil Day-Lewis
Jill Balcon
RelativesMichael Balcon (grandfather)
Daniel Day-Lewis (brother)


Day-Lewis was born in Hammersmith, London.[1] Day-Lewis is the daughter of Anglo-Irish poet Cecil Day-Lewis, who served as poet laureate of the United Kingdom in his last years, and his second wife, British actress Jill Balcon. She is Jewish on her mother's side, with 19th century Jewish immigrants from Poland and Latvia. Her brothers are actor Daniel Day-Lewis and Sean Day-Lewis, who wrote a biography of their father.[2] After attending Bedales School, she read English at King's College, Cambridge from 1973 until 1976.[3]

She writes for The Daily Telegraph, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Food Illustrated.[4][5]

She is currently on the Board of Governors at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

In October 2012, Day-Lewis and her brother Daniel donated papers belonging to their father to Oxford University, including early drafts of his work and letters from figures such as actor John Gielgud and poets W. H. Auden, Robert Graves and Philip Larkin.[6]

In 2011 she collaborated with Hemmerle and created the book Delicious Jewels published by Prestel.[7]


  • The Englishwoman's Kitchen (Ed.) (1983) ISBN 0701126523
  • Last Letters Home (1995) ISBN 0-333-64559-6
  • West of Ireland Summers: A Cookbook (1997) ISBN 0-297-81858-9
  • The Art of the Tart (2000) ISBN 0-304-35439-2
  • Simply the Best: The Art of Seasonal Cooking (2001) ISBN 0-304-35654-9
  • Good Tempered Food: Recipes to Love, Leave and Linger Over (2002) ISBN 0-297-84306-0
  • Tarts with Tops on: Or How to Make the Perfect Pie (2004) ISBN 0-297-84376-1
  • Tamasin's Weekend Food: Cooking to Come Home to (2004) ISBN 0-297-84364-8
  • Tamasin's Kitchen Bible (2005) ISBN 0-297-84363-X
  • Tamasin's Kitchen Classics (2006) ISBN 0-297-84428-8
  • Where Shall We Go For Dinner?: A Food Romance (2007) ISBN 0-297-84429-6
  • Supper for a Song (2009) ISBN 978-1-84400-743-1 Book Review


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  2. ^ Stanford, Peter (29 April 2007). "The lustful Laureate". The Times. Retrieved 13 December 2007.
  3. ^ Sale, Jonathan. "My Time at Cambridge" (PDF). Cam Edition No. 47. University of Cambridge. Archived from the original (pdf) on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2007.
  4. ^ "Tamasin Day-Lewis". Author Spotlight. Random House. Retrieved 29 December 2007.
  5. ^ "Tamasin Day-Lewis". Individual Information. PanMacmillan. Archived from the original on 5 October 2007. Retrieved 29 December 2007.
  6. ^ "Daniel Day-Lewis Gives Poet Dad's Work to Oxford". The Washington Times.
  7. ^ [1], New York Times, 29 April 2011

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