My name is Niamh. Now, don’t panic, it is just a name (an Irish one at that), and you pronounce it Knee-uv. I am Irish based in London, a scientist turned food writer via a career in New Media. I started this blog in 2007, and well, that was it.


I travel for much of my time. I adore it. Food & travel brings me much joy. I love to meet people when I travel, learn their recipes, eat in their restaurants and wander their streets. When not wandering, I can be found in my kitchen or in a restaurant, possibly a wine bar too. Ok, often a wine bar, and I love a bit of karaoke action every now and then :)


Most of the recipes are my own, some are shown to me on my travels (if this is the case I say so), occasionally some are from books that I enjoy. If you try them I would love to hear how it goes. 


I am often asked, why the name Eat Like a Girl?  The answer is simple. Why should eating like a girl be a bad thing? Don’t we eat too? Real food, delicious food, food that is packed with flavour?

We do. And that is what I share here. Recipes for food that you will want to cook at home and that will cheer your lunch box and your evenings. Trustworthy restaurant recommendations to help you plan your social outings. I have eaten at hundreds of restaurants since starting this blog. I also write travel stories and recommendations for where you should eat, where you should stay and what you should bring home when you travel. You can read my editorial policy here.

This is my space, and I share it with you, happily. Welcome! Make yourself at home. Shall I put the kettle on?


I teach cooking classes, run Sunday Bacon Club and also give occasional food tours (in London primarily). At the moment these are on an ad hoc / commission basis. If you would like me to teach a class for you, bring you on a food tour, drop me a line on hello at eatlikeagirl dot com. I can do groups of up to 8 on a tour and the classes are flexible if you want a private one – whether in your home, or in a cookery school for larger numbers with the support of staff that I hire to support me. Please get in touch for details / prices. I know London, and I can show you it in all of its delicious glory, and I can also show you how to cook it.


I write here, there and everywhere about food, drink & travel. I am always available for work, regardless of how busy I seem, so if you are interested in speaking to me about some freelance writing or blogging, I would love to talk to you, do get in touch here or email me hello@eatlikeagirl.com. I have written for many people, including Guardian Travel, Stylist Magazine & Ocado Magazine


I have written a cookbook (with a stonking 157 recipes in it), which was published in 2011 by Quadrille. It is called Comfort & Spice, and is available in some bookshops and on Amazon. It is only available as a physical book at the moment. People said “the writing is inspired… the food is double inspired… here is a book that has been lived in: it’s funny, smart and real, just like the grub it lovingly describes.” (John & Sally McKenna’s Guides, 2011)

I am working on my second book, Project: BACON, all about bacon sweet / savoury / home curing / drinks. It will be out in late summer 2014

If you want to get in touch about anything here please email me at hello@eatlikeagirl.com or contact me via the contact form.

Thanks for popping by! :)

Niamh x


One of Britain’s 500 Most Influential People (according to The Sunday Times / Debrett’s January 2014)

No 1 Food & Beverage Blog in the UK (according to Cision)

Interview with The Foodie Bugle

Ladies Who Tweet, Our Favourite Women to Follow on Twitter, Stylist Magazine, London, March 2011

Niamh Shields is a food writer, and one of the UK’s best known food bloggers. Her blog eatlikeagirl.com is a foodie’s delight, featuring original recipes inspired by her travels and some of her favourites from cook books, with plenty of gratuitous “food porn” photos. Follow Niamh if you’re an aspiring chef, love to cook, or are just a big fan of food (that’ll be us, then).

Highly Commended in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2010

One of two blogs that were highly commended in the Observer Food Monthly Awards in October 2010.

The Best Food Blogs. Rose Prince, The Telegraph, 4th June 2010.

Niamh Shields shares do-able recipes and takes her integrity seriously.

June’s blogs of the month – Fiona Becketts Food & Wine Finds, June 4th 2010

An overdue mention of Niamh Shields Eat Like a Girl – not that she really needs one: she’s one of the UK’s best known food bloggers and was recently listed by the Times among their 40 bloggers who really count. I’m not sure how she finds time to work as she’s always popping off to have lunch for her new Posh Lunch Club feature, or going to tastings or writing up recipes or running a market stall or masterminding last year’s famous Blaggers’ Banquet but she’s a great girl.

40 Bloggers Who Really Count. The Times, May 1st 2010.

Primarily a cookery blog – if you’re after a recipe for slow-roast wild boar belly, look no further – but lately London-based Shields, who describes the blog as a “monument to pleasure and weight gain”, has been doing a lot of eating out. Recently, she organised a female-only carnivores’ night at Hawksmoor in Spitalfields (“Girl’s Just Wanna Have Steak!”).

Best of the Blogs. The Times, April 8th, 2010.

Niche: Obsessive food shenanigans from London-based Irish blogger Niamh Shields.

Log on: A heady mix of reviews, home cooking and community food initiatives.

Recent posts: Meaty reports from the first “girls’ steak night” at Hawksmoor and a butchery class at Allens of Mayfair. Photo-seasoned Posh Lunch Club reviews of Quo Vadis and the Ledbury.

Top tip: “Before roasting, pour some boiling water over the scored pork belly skin to encourage fantastic crackling.”

Taster: Gastro fun is the main theme. Popular recipes include roasted pork belly and courgette carbonara.

Most commented: Despite all the carnivorous capers, ELAG’s “veggie days” recipe for butternut squash, chickpea and spinach curry gets the thumbs-up from dozens of readers.

Top 10 food blogs from around the world, The Times, November 27, 2008.

More like “Eat Like a Baby Elephant” as Irish ex-pat Niamh Shields shares delicious recipes on the few occasions she is not dining out.

Listed in The Independent in June 2009 as Grub 2.0 food blogs to devour.

Eat Like a Girl

Great for: home cooking

Niamh Shields, an Irish ex-pat in London, writes witty and personal recipes for everything from chorizo burgers to Israeli couscous with onion squash, haricot beans and pumpkin seeds. Even her photos of each dish are enough to make the mouth water.

Listed on Time Out’s list of “London’s Best Food Blogs and Websites” in February 2009.

Inspiring recipes from London-based Irish blogger Niamh. There are a few restaurant reviews, but we come for the home cooking – the majority of the recipes are Niamh’s own. If you’re stuck for ideas, check out the post on Israeli couscous with onion squash, haricot beans and pumpkin seeds.

Log on because we’re not the only ones who rate it – ELAG was voted as one of the best food blogs in the world by the Times Online site.

She says ‘If you want me to do anything, bribe me with pork belly.’

Number 2 on the Wikio Top 100 Gastronomy blog rankings.

Featured on “Best of the Web” in Saveur, August 2009.


Featured on the fab 5 blog list on Fuel my Blog on the 30th July, 2007 and Blog of the day on 29th March 2008.

Israeli Couscous with onion squash, haricot beans and pumpkin seed was featured on Slashfood on November 19th, 2007. A Sunday Afternoon in Marylebone was featured on March 14th, 2008.

Andy Hayler: Refreshingly written food blog by an Irish girl living in London. Mainly recipes but some restaurant reviews also.

Described as a spectacular food blog on Random Creative.

Watch a video interview with me on Trusted Places.

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  1. I discovered your food blog through the Observer’s article on Indian food and I just wanted to say that it’s one of the most lip-smacking I’ve seen. I really like your use of courgettes, broad beans (my favourite) and the salmon fish cakes were great. I have a sort-of-foodie blog which used to bang on about restaurants in Budapest (I used to be a resto critic there) but now seems very occupied with graffiti in Bruxelles where I now live (a very food-obsessed city). Cheers L.

  2. Hi FourBees. Thanks, glad you like it!
    Restaurants in Budapest, now that’s something I have yet to explore. I will take a look :-)


  3. Thanks Mickey! I thought about it but didn’t get around to it yet. Perhaps I should. They’re the rage lately!

  4. Weetruffle says

    I am SO excited that I found your blog! Glad I’m not the only one who plans her days (often entire trips abroad) around when/where/what to eat :o)
    I wanted to mention that I also went through a nasty lactose intolerance stage which was in danger of upsetting my lifelong love affair with cheese – milky things, including those ‘good bacteria’ drinks were giving me horrible stomach cramps. I started taking live bacteria capsules, the ones that are kept refridgerated, and they have sorted my stomach out. I’ve been reintroducing milk in cereal and drinking some lattes and so far so good! Might be worth trying…?

  5. Thanks weetruffle! That’s very sweet of you.

    I must investigate those capsules. I did read recently that if your intestine isn’t up to the job you can indoctrinate your intestinal bacteria and train them up as it were. I should give it a go.

  6. Hi Niamh, after following a link from a very nice photo on Flickr I discovered eatlikeagirl – what a feast!!. Definitely be back for second helpings of pics and puds. Best wishes – John

  7. Thanks John! Thanks for coming by. Glad you like it. My camera is kaput so I am struggling on the photography front and have had to resort to my phone. I must get a new one.

  8. I love your photos! Found you through the Guardian…Good luck with finding a new camera, though I only ever use my phone to take my photos. It’s fast and reliable, particularly in restaurants when your friends are impatiently waiting to tuck in!… Helen Yuet Ling

  9. Thanks Helen! That’s very kind of you. The new camera is becoming more and more urgent as my frustration increases. I went for Japanese over the weekend and my phone pics are rubbish, booo! :(

  10. What a fun blog! Nice, nice job. I’m writing from Colorado, but my daughter used to live in Camden Town, so I’ve spent time in London. I love it. I’m lactose intolerant too (among other things), so — here’s to coconut milk in your coffee! Yum! Glad I ran across your blog.

  11. Hi there Melissa! Thanks very much. Glad you like it. London is a great city, so much going on. Camden particularly is a great spot. Coconut milk in coffee I haven’t tried. Add to list!

  12. Sarah-Jane says

    Hi there, your blog was reccommended to me by a girl from Fungarvan that i work with as she knows i am total foodie .. and i am loving it !!

    A question for you .. i am in london on business overnight next week and would like to go somewhere nice for dinner .. not too pricey but something different to Dublin basically. We are staying on High Street Ken so anywhere within that general area ?? any suggestions ??


  13. Hi Sarah-Jane – thanks!

    It does depend on your budget. London does cheap eats really well but there’s also fantastic high end spots.

    Something Dublin doesn’t have alot of is good Dim Sum – so, there’s Royal China not too far away in Bayswater. There’s also good Lebanese and Japanese, the quality of which you may not get at home.

  14. KitchenGoddess83 says

    Just followed your link and found your amazing blog. It’s fantastic. I’ve added you to my blog roll now – us Irish girls need to stick together :)

  15. Thanks Spamwise! Indeed we do. It’s always nice to find a new blog. I really enjoyed yours.

    Thanks for coming over.

  16. Hello there! Thank you for adding me to your flickr friends:) I came to check your blog. It’s interesting and yummy! Going to subscribe right away not to miss anything:) Cheers from my kitchen to yours:) Farida

  17. Hi Farida! Thanks! I happened upon your blog and really liked it so added to my rss reader. Thanks for stopping by!

  18. Heewon says

    Hello, I found your blog on the Times website where it was listed as one of the best food blogs. I must say that I’m very impressed and I enjoy reading your blog!
    I’m a student and I love cooking and food – I save up to buy good ingredients and eat at new places! I live in London so it’s pretty easy to try a new restaurant every few weeks and of course I have my favourite haunts.

    I like the sound of your recipes and I’ll come back quite regularly!
    Thanks for the blog :)

    • @Heewon – thanks, that is so kind of you. London has a wonderful selection of cheap and cheerful eats. Enjoy!

  19. Geoff Cohen says

    Hi Niamh,

    When I was overweight and fed up with it, I looked around myself one day and thought, OK, I need to lose weight, how do I go about it?

    I looked around and saw these three beautiful girls and glanced at what they were eating. Salads, appetizers, and grilled veggies.

    Not a burger in sight!

    That’s it, I thought, eat like a girl! And I did and managed to lose 25 pounds.

    It looks like you have a great website…good luck with it!


  20. Dean Armond says

    Hello, I came across your blog when I was looking for a prawn curry recipe and was captivated by your enthusiasm as well as the quality of your recipes.

    The prawn curry was a great success and I will definitely be returning to try more of the recipes.

    I am also an expat, based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands and if you ever make it over here I recommend Jason Hartley and lovefood, another eating enthusiast


  21. So today, I was rapidly taking photos of cakes at a send-forth in my office when a lady walked along. She said, what are you doing and a good friend of mine who was closeby said, its for her blog.

    Oh said this Irish lady, I have a friend in London who blogs – ‘eat like a girl’ and I replied – oh Niamh, I was on her blog yesterday. She was SHOCKED that I knew you.

    Clues – Her name starts with an A and she lives in the Netherlands. Apparently, you both lived together.

    Do you know who I’m talking about? We both work together anyhow and she sends her love. Take care, Ozoz

  22. AEDIN! :) She is one of my closest and fondest friends. She emailed to tell me and I couldn’t believe it! Excellent. Lovely to meet you, virtually for now. I am overdue a trip to the Hague.

    You know the same thing happened with a friend in Brussels last year?! Small world.

  23. 10 points. So come over and we can take you round some lovely markets in Leiden and the Hague and….all the rest.

    If I come to London i’ll do my utmost to find you.

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  25. Julie says

    Hello Niamh-
    My husband and I came to London Dec 4 and we went straight to your Market Stall to have the roast pork sandwich and LOVED it! It was lovely meeting you after following you on your blog. Best of luck to you and look forward to more posts!

    • Julie, thanks for the lovely comment! Iw as really touched that you popped by and now even happier that you enjoyed the food. I hope that you had a lovely stay in London!

  26. ChefBlogDigest says

    Hi Niamh,

    it’s amazing what you have accomplished as a culinary blogger. I will definitely be back for more. Do you have a twitter account I can follow as well?

  27. incidentalcooksuman says

    nice blog…congrats on being picked for Time’s “40 bloggers who really count”

  28. Hi Niamh,
    Congrats on being picked up for Time’s 40 bloggers who really count! Your message on the top of this page shows how passionate you’re about cooking and blogging about it! So you deserve even lot more recognition. Wish you good luck and keep rocking…..sorry blogging about cooking :-)

    Last but not the least I wish I could blog like “eat like a girl” and guess a lot more out there in blogging world do it too!!

    will be back,


  29. I am SO excited that I found your blog! Glad I’m not the only one who plans her days (often entire trips abroad) around when/where/what to eat :o)I wanted to mention that I also went through a nasty lactose intolerance stage which was in danger of upsetting my lifelong love affair with cheese – milky things, including those ‘good bacteria’ drinks were giving me horrible stomach cramps. I started taking live bacteria capsules, the ones that are kept refridgerated, and they have sorted my stomach out. I’ve been reintroducing milk in cereal and drinking some lattes and so far so good! Might be worth trying…?

  30. Juliana Chaddad says


    I am from Brazil and read about your blog in one of the local cooking magazines.
    I love coming in to your blog, reading and looking at your fantastic pictures.
    I identify myself a lot with you, since I am a food freak.. Thinking all the time at food, cooking, eating…
    And in a constant worry about my weight.

    Any way, my sincere congratulations! You are awesome!

    Kisses from Brasil!


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  34. Hi – Just discovered your blog and twitter. WOW! You’ve been blogging for aaaages. Well done! I especially like the title of your book. Would be what I would have chosen. Can’t wait til it arrives in the post!

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  37. Hey there,
    I am a fellow foodie. I have been blogging for about 4 years now. I am a chef in Phialdelphia, recently divorced, with no desire to go back and work in a restaurant, but in need of a living. So I have embarked on a new project, the first step being a food and cooking blog. I posted today. Please check it out…www.hamonwry1.com. I love your work. Your passion comes through in your words! I hope to be able to achieve what you have! Well done!
    Please have a look. Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
    Jenni in Philly

  38. Hi Niamh
    I am so envious of your life! I read about you on the Observer website last year and your story really inspired me, particularly because it said you used to be a project manager. That is me right now, actually about to be made redundant, but what I would really like is to cook, travel and write (as I’m sure many folks do). I have recently started a blog, and am trying to find more time to cook and learn new things – baby steps you know! If I could have a tenth of the success with mine as you have had with Eat Like A Girl, I’ll be happy :-)
    Thanks! Hayley

  39. Just started blogging and am finding it absolutely addictive. I haven’t found many blogs as professional and established as yours. Excellent work! I’m signing up!

  40. Susan - Dublin says

    Niamh, have so many cook books and yours is my absolute fave. Cooked the overnight lamb and it was amazing. Also tried your blas at the weekend – not quite as good as I remember from visiting my grandparents in Waterford as a kid but blame my proofing without a hotpress. Definitely have to try again. Soda bread was a hit though :)

  41. Well what a great site ,I can quite see why everyone raves about it.I can hear those Irish tones and wit in your writing,very inspiring I clearly must do better

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  43. Mandy Parrett says

    Oh, you’ve just completely blown my mind by telling me how to pronounce your name! I had no idea! (Are you sure that’s correct?!) Hey ho, I’m sure I’ll adjust :) Keep up the excellent work in 2014 – I love your blog!

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  47. What I particularly enjoy about food is eating abroad. This is what I look forward to the most when I am on holiday.

  48. edshigginsblog says

    ok I can see why your blog is on the radio :)
    Keep up the good work!

  49. Hi Niamh
    I am inspired by your journey as I am a food scientist/designer and recently started a food blog called taste2taste.com with my co blogger based in NY, and me based in London.I have met some lovely bloggers that started like you and now write professionally. I look forward to following your blog and continue my own journey of inspiration, creativity and blogging. Lins

    • Niamh says

      Hi Lins! Lovely to hear from you, and thank you for the kind words! Blogging is a great creative expression and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do :)

  50. Abena says

    Good morning Niamh,

    I’m loving your blog and I’m in the Caribbean looking to do something similar. Would it be possible to contact you to get some guidance on starting something similar?


  51. I just found your blog and oh wow, what an inspiration. I love the way you write and your pictures really tell a story. I conduct restaurant reviews myself on my blog http://www.foodforthought.com.my. I would love to get some feedback from someone like you who has been in the industry for a while. :)

    • Niamh says

      Hello Nicholas! Thanks for your comments :) Happy to take a look!

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