While still at school, Julia Watson once made toast for John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Following an early career in publishing and magazines, she then spent four years in Moscow as the Daily Mail’s and Evening Standard’s correspondent before transferring to Washington DC. There she wrote ‘Yankee Doodles’, a weekly lifestyle column for the Daily Express,and regular features for other UK and US outlets. Back in London, she worked on the Mail on Sunday’YOU magazine’s food pages before returning to Washington DC, where she co-ran a secret restaurant. For almost a decade, she was the Food Writer for United Press International. She also wrote on style and food for the Washington Post,Gourmetmagazine, National Interest, and other outlets in the US and UK. She also ran her own food website,, used as a resource in New York State schools. 

Julia is the author of novels Russian Saladand American Pie, published by Bantam. She compiled collections of poetry for children in hardback and paperback published by Puffin, Armada Lions, Collins and Faber, and contributed to books on house style and food. The Bruno Cookbook, published by Diogenes and co-authored with novelist Martin Walker, won Gourmand International’s World’s Best French Cookbook award in 2015. Bruno’s Garden Cookbook will be published in October 2019.