Food writer Juana Pepa on her favorite things

Food writer Juana Pepa on her favorite things

Food writer Juana Pepa on her favorite things

My personal style signifier They are my Repossi rings. I use them all the time. I don’t like a lot of accessories, so these are the only two pieces I have. My style is classic and simple, you will usually see me in Mother jeans and Massimo Dutti shirts during the day. I use a lot of black, white, blue and beige, although sometimes I add a touch of color.

Your style signifier: Repossi rings

Your style signifier: Repossi rings © Jooney Woodward

The last thing I bought and I loved it. it was a Sophie Conran table lamp. I bought it for my nightstand but hadn’t looked at the measurements and it turned out to be huge. So I put it in the living room and I think it completes it. Howard table lamp, £375,

The place that means a lot to me it is Madrid. I lived there for seven years before moving to London and became a mother there, got married there, started writing my books there and my friends are still there. I especially love the Chueca neighborhood, which is full of interesting shops and restaurants. I know every corner. My favorite place has to be Taberna La Carmencita. It’s a tiny restaurant that makes the best fried eggs with black pudding and an amazing veal milanese. Toni 2 is also a classic, it’s a piano bar, which is open until six in the morning and where everyone gets together to sing. They don’t let you use your phone to read the lyrics so you have to be prepared.;

Vintage tableware in your dining room

Antique crockery in her dining room © Jooney Woodward

Peppa in her living room
Pepa in her living room © Jooney Woodward

I have recently discovered Columbia Road Flower Market in East London – I’m new to the city so I like to find special places like this. I’ve bought some pottery there, and it’s impossible to leave without some flowers.

Dulce de leche narbonne, $8.50 for 470g

Dulce de leche narbonne, $8.50 for 470g © Jooney Woodward

The best memory I have brought home. It is dulce de leche from Punta del Este in Uruguay. We go there on Christmas and New Year’s Eve and there is a farm called Narbona that makes the best dulce de leche, which is made by boiling milk and sugar for hours. In Argentina we put everything: toast, cakes, ice cream, desserts. This one is amazing because it’s creamy and sweet but not cloying. I always bring a lot of pots because they are great to give away at a dinner party.

Some of Pepa's book collection

Part of Pepa’s book collection © Jooney Woodward

The best book I have read in the last year. it is The five languages ​​of love by Gary Chapman. It explains in a simple way how humans have five ways of expressing and receiving love: words of affirmation, quality time, physical contact, gifts and acts of service, and how the way you receive love may not always be the same as your loved one’s. partner. .

my favorite place It is Place des Lices in St Tropez. There they have a market on Tuesdays and Saturdays where you can buy everything: fish, the best vegetables in the world, mozzarella, ravioli, flowers, antiques and baskets. I always go in the summer and I love picking up beach bedding there.

my style icons They are Jane Birkin, Jean Seberg, Catherine Deneuve and Capucine. There is simply nothing better than that particular French woman style: chic, elegant and seemingly effortless.

Where is Wally, given away to his son?

Where’s Wally?, gifted to his son © Jooney Woodward

The best gift I have recently given. it’s a Where is Wally book I gave to my son. We were walking down the King’s Road and I saw this book, which I always played with as a child in Argentina. Now he wants to look for Wally every afternoon.

A photograph of Andrea Torres Balaguer

A photograph by Andrea Torres Balaguer © Jooney Woodward

The best gift I have received. It is a photograph that my husband gave me in March for our third wedding anniversary. It’s from a Spanish artist I admire called Andrea Torres Balaguer and it’s a photo of a woman with her face covered.

An object that Pepa would never part with: her grandmother's pashmina

An object that Pepa would never part with: her grandmother’s pashmina © Jooney Woodward

An object that I would never part with. It is a pashmina that belonged to my grandmother. She is just beige and is not in any kind of special fabric. But she used it a lot before she died and it’s all I have of her. I’ve moved house 20 times, so I’m usually not attached to material things, but I’ve been carrying this pashmina with me everywhere since I was 14 years old. I never use it, but it is always there, in my closet.

In my fridge you will always find green apples, spinach, and celery for my morning green juice; coconut yogurt, Dijon mustard and champagne. I don’t drink champagne every day, but I like to serve it for dinner at some point during the week.

Dom Pérignon Vintage 2012

Dom Pérignon Vintage 2012 © Jooney Woodward

my beauty guru it’s Chloe at Linda Meredith, who I go to see for a facial once a month. I also get laser facial treatment at the D Thomas Clinic. For wellness I have a personal trainer in Madrid called Crys Dyaz. When I met her I was 23 years old and I didn’t like to exercise but thanks to her now I exercise almost every day. I also found an amazing class at KX in Chelsea called Hiit and Run which I do twice a week. It’s very intense and the music is loud like in a nightclub, but it’s very motivating and now I run faster.;;

The last music I downloaded it was a song called “Oh Mammy” by Midi Culture. It’s a remix and what I love is that it’s techno but then, a minute and a half later, Julio Iglesias unexpectedly starts singing.

Juana's bedroom in her London home

Joan’s bedroom in her London home © Jooney Woodward

What I couldn’t do without it’s my pillow Six years ago I went to El Corte Inglés in Madrid and tried all the pillows in the store. I found one that is perfect because he is not too tall, he is not too short, he is not soft and he is not too hard, he is perfect. So now, if I’m traveling or have a long car ride, I’ll take my pillow for the trip.

I have a collection of books. I have a lot of cookbooks, but I also collect photography books and travel guides. My husband is also obsessed with books and we tend to buy a lot of them when we travel. The most important cookbooks for me are dona lolawhich is a classic Argentine cookbook, and Phaidon’s the silver spoonn – is the bible of Italian cuisine.

Juana Pepa wears Roma Renom at her home in London
Juana Pepa wears Roma Renom at home in London © Jooney Woodward

An indulgence I would never give up It is a weekly 90-minute massage. I started this habit when I was 16 and now I’m 30. I found a really cool place here called Quan Spa and they do amazing Thai massages, it’s like my second home.

on my wish list it’s a trip to Asador Etxebarri in Axpe in northern Spain. It is a Michelin star restaurant and some say it is the best steakhouse in the world, with a fantastic selection of wines as well. Another place I would love to go is Casa Taberna, a small hotel in Plaza Mayor de Pedraza, a beautiful Spanish town near Madrid. The hotel’s restaurant serves local produce and the décor is rustic yet minimalist.

Her vintage Miu Miu jacket

Her vintage Miu Miu jacket © Jooney Woodward

The last garment I added to my wardrobe it was a vintage orange jacket from Miu Miu. It’s suede on one side and sheepskin on the other so you can wear it two ways. Found it on Lovers Lane Vintage while walking around Notting Hill with my daughter.

Bobbi Brown Intensive Foundation, £51

Bobbi Brown Intensive Foundation, £51 © Jooney Woodward

The basic of beauty that I never lack It’s Bobbi Brown’s Intensive Serum Foundation. It’s wonderfully smooth and doesn’t look like I’m wearing foundation. £53,

my favorite website is from Tracy Anderson, for her training The Method. I follow him online.

Spinach and celery for your green juice

Spinach and celery for your green juice © Jooney Woodward

If I wasn’t doing what I’m doing, I would be a psychoanalyst I have had a therapist for over 15 years. It is a time to connect with myself because sometimes we use words for feelings or situations that are not the best words, so it is useful for reflection.

When I need to feel inspiredI invite my friends to my house. I love cooking for them and being around people. Often I don’t try to think of a menu and just make something with what I have. Recently, I cooked milanese, fries, homemade ravioli with tomato sauce and green salad with vinaigrette and an amazing mozzarella from Prezzemolo & Vitale.

The best advice I’ve ever received it belonged to my husband. He used to be indecisive and full of doubts and when I started writing my books and had to choose my first cover, I went crazy trying to choose. My husband reminded me that perfection does not exist and there comes a time when you have to say, this is it, finish it.

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