UK-based blogger Katy Beskow is big on style. We keep going back to her blog, Little Miss Meat-Free, not just for the tasty recipes, but also to ogle her gorgeous food photographs and check out the impeccable outfits she wears to events (think ladylike classics mixed with mod details), not to mention her signature pixie cut and cool, white-blond color.
Katy has gained recognition from big players in the cruelty-free world, too. Viva! (Vegetarians' International Voice for Animals) recently named her best blogger of 2014, and PETA UK crowned her winner of this year's Great Vegan Bake-Off for her Ombre Vanilla Dream Cake (we can't wait to try this recipe).
Katy has felt at home in the kitchen since childhood -- "My earliest memories are baking with my mum," she recalled -- but her educational background, with a degree from St.George's, University of London, is in science. "I've always been fascinated [by] reactions between products, so experimenting in the kitchen was a natural progression," she said.
Naturally, a cookbook is next on Katy's to-do list. "[That's] very much in the pipeline," she hinted, adding that she's also planning to post a series of video tutorials next month, plus she'll be traveling to more food festivals for demos. "Watch [my blog]."
We will! In the meantime, we chatted with the blogger about what she's eating this fall, the one person she'd love to cook with, where she wants to go next, and of course, what she wears.
I grew up by the sea in rural Yorkshire, England.
I became vegan in 2006 when I moved to London for university. I was vegetarian at the time and became a vegan overnight after discovering facts about the dairy industry. I never looked back.
Current recipe obsession:
It’s late autumn so I’m all about my slow-cooked butternut, maple, and lemon tagine followed by raspberry, blueberry, and rose crumble.
When I’m cooking at home, you’ll find me dressed down in Abercrombie & Fitch, something relaxed and comfortable.
I love 1960s fashion, particularly the London mod look. I’d say my style is a contrast of androgynous Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick. I enjoy mixing vintage finds with high street staples from Topshop.
A black and white Breton striped oversized dress, opaque tights, chandelier earrings, and Vivienne Westwood vegan flats.
Black opaque tights.
Vintage shops and Topshop.
Top five beauty products:
1. Heavenly Organics Orange and Grapefruit Facial Scrub -- the best exfoliator ever.
2. Lush’s Imogen Rose perfume is my signature scent; it’s so feminine.
3. Superdrug’s Argan hair treatment oil is fab for shiny hair. Their range is labeled really well for vegans too.
4. Neal’s Yard Remedies Rose toner is beautiful.
5. Barry M. lip glosses are a staple in my makeup bag.
I have my hair cut every two weeks and maintain the color weekly. I use a lovely conditioning treatment and simply wash and go.
A Stella McCartney Falabella handbag -- or two.
I love monochrome, which has been popular this season.
My least favorite trend is sport-luxe.
"Cider with Rosie" by Laurie Lee is beautifully written
I love rabbits. They are such characters. I have a black house rabbit called Dudley who keeps me company when I’m cooking and writing.
Outside the kitchen:
I love spending time with my twin nieces Tara and Tamzin, who are almost two years old.
New York, for the shopping, bright lights and 24-hour lifestyle.
[I wanted to be] a mermaid -- I have no idea why!
I’d love to cook with Jamie Oliver. He has a great approach to fresh, honest food, and often promotes healthy, vegan dishes in the mainstream.