Jack Monroe is a blogger, food writer and a political campaigner. Her blog, A Girl Called Jack, began when Jack started to document the extreme budget recipes she was creating to feed and her son. At the time, Jack was living in poverty, struggling to pay the bills, never mind find money for food.
The blog was an enormous success, and since then, Jack has gone on to write two best-selling recipe books and a regular Guardian column. She is an active campaigner on poverty, calling out politicians lack of response to British families living below the line. And her blog? It is still a regular place to find super cheap, tasty recipes.
I found Jack a couple of years ago, through her blog. Spending more than I could really afford on a tiny flat in Bath, budget recipes kept me alive that year. Most of them were Jack’s. Her Bacon and Brie Risotto is still one of my fall-back recipes when I don’t know what to cook. I now own both her books, and they are an immensely refreshing change, nestled beside my more extravagant River Cottage and Nigella books. Jack’s recipes do not call for fancy ingredients, challenging ingredients, or hours at the stove. I can open her book, or her blog, and find a cheap, simple, tasty recipe I can have on the table in half an hour. Perfect.
Her voice is an important, and unfortunately, rare one. Thanks to Jack, hunger in the UK has been a topic of discussion in Parliament, and she continues to call for a closer look at poverty, hunger and food bank use in Britian, and the reasons behind it.
This is not a girl crush based in admiration of pretty outfits, or a flash career. It is based in respect, and the genuine impact this woman has had on my kitchen. Go and read her blog. Buy her books. And enjoy the delicious cheaps.