Ghillie Basan

I am a food anthropologist, radio broadcaster and author of 40 books on different culinary cultures with an interest in ethnobotany, spices, and food tourism.

Special subjects

Spices - their edible and medicinal uses. Foraging in Scotland. Bush cooking. Whisky and food/spice pairing. The Middle East, Turkey, North Africa, Southeast Asia, East Africa, West Africa, South Africa, India, the Mediterranean, and Scotland.

Languages spoken

working knowledge of French and Turkish

Regular work

Presenter on Radio Scotland. Active cookery book writer and interviewer. Recipe developer. Whisky experiences with food.

Advisory boards / Awards

Winner of the Highlands and Islands Innovation in Tourism Award 2017