Olia Hercules


Olia Hercules is a Ukrainian-born British author and chef. She has written two cookbooks, Mamushka and Kaukasis with the third, Summer Kitchen (Bloomsbury Publishing) on the way. She lives in London with her husband Joe and son Sasha.

What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

Period Power by Masie Hill is the recent discovery - it's amazing how much about the female body I was not aware of.
My desert island books - The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Squirrel Pie by Elisabeth Luard.

Most visited blogs, websites?

Blog - In Search of Lost Thyme by Thomas Eagle
Website - Eat The Seasons

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What apps do you use the most and why?

Instagram and Foodim - to keep in touch with like-minded people and for work

Whats currently on your playlist?

Vesna by Dakhabrakha
Summon The Fire by The Comet is Coming
Beirut by Yasmin Hamdan
Love is Blindness by Jack White
Elegie in E flat minor by Sergey Rachmaninoff
Sea Above, Sky Below by Dirty Three and Nick Cave
Lucretia My Reflection by Sisters of Mercy
As A Man by Anna Calvi
Feeling Good by Andy and the Bey Sisters
Dzimani by Monoswezi
Essential Nine by Soulwax

What records would you recommend to hear?

Na Mezhi by Dakhabrakha
Trust in The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery by The Comet is Coming
Ya Nass by Yasmine Hamdan
Party Girl by Michelle Gurevich
Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea by PJ Harvey

Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

Fresh finds:
Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives
Free Solo by E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

Everyone should watch:
Withnail And I by Bruce Robinson
The Big Lebowski by Joel and Ethan Coen
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh
Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky

Period Power by Masie Hill is the recent discovery - it’s amazing how much about the female body I was not aware of.

Which artists working today do you admire most?

Toyin Ojih Odutola
Denis Sarazhin

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

Have just smashed through Dead to Me and Sex Education (both very good). Currently watching The Mist which is good (I love post-apocalyptic vibes in general). I am very keen to start watching Chernobyl.

The most favourite series watched recently - Stranger Things



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Portrait image by © Elena Heatherwick
Food images by © Elena Heatherwick, Kris Kirkham and Joe Woodhouse