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Silvana Franco

Silvana is an inspirational and innovative food writer, stylist and presenter. With over 30 years experience, she specialises in creating simple and achievable recipes that anyone can cook at home.


Born and raised in Derby to an Italian, food-centric family, she grew up in the kitchen, preparing meals with a huge variety of fresh ingredients. It was in this warm and welcoming environment that she learned the value of good home cooking and honed her skills and passion for making real, delicious, fuss-free food.


An early career in publishing and magazines found Silvana writing for BBC Good Food Magazine. Her next move took her behind the scenes in television production as writer and home economist on a host of BBC cookery programmes before appearing on screen in her own right.


Silvana has written many cookery books over the years including The Really Useful Student Cook Book, while still a student herself. She is an established food stylist counting many of the country's top brands, retailers and publishers such as Waitrose & Partners, M&S and Eye2Eye Media among her clients.


An enthusiastic gardener and novice ceramicist, Silvana is fully focussed on creating new, wonderful things for everyone to cook and eat in 2021 and beyond. 


She lives in South West London with her husband Rob and children Fabio and Cassia.

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