Rachel Roddy was born in Southampton in 1972 but grew up in London. Trained as an actress she moved to Rome in 2005 where she began writing, mostly about food, on her blog Racheleats. Her first book, Five Quarters was published in 2015 and won both the André Simon Food Book Award and The Guild of Food Writers First Book Award.
Her second book Two Kitchens was published in 2017. She has written for The Financial Times, The Telegraph, Eater, Noble Rot and has a weekly column in The Guardian called A Kitchen in Rome, which is also translated into Italian for Internazionale. She lives in Rome with her Sicilian partner and son.