Hannah Miles was a high-flying legal eagle working for a top City law firm when a friend emailed her with details of a ‘dream cottage’ in the Bedfordshire countryside. Instantly besotted with the thatched stone cottage, Hannah ditched London life and headed for her rural idyll.
In 2007, Hannah competed in MasterChef Goes Large, in which she gained the hearts of the nation and the adulation of the judges: John Torode said of her ‘I think Hannah is one of the most naturally gifted cooks I have seen in a long time’. She became one of the three MasterChef finalists that year, of which she was the only woman.
Since MasterChef Hannah’s food career has taken off. Hannah has now published 17 cookbooks and is currently working on her 18th. Her first book, THE BIG BOOK OF CAKES & COOKIES, was published by Duncan Baird Publishers in 2009. Ryland Peters & Small published her second book, SUNDAES AND SPLITS: DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR ICE-CREAM, in April 2010 and, in 2011, they published three further titles by Hannah: WHOOPIE PIES, MINI CAKES and THE GLUTEN-FREE BAKER, which was Delia Smith’s Book of the Month in September 2011.
In 2012, Ryland, Peters & Small published POPCORN TREATS in March, MILKSHAKE BAR: SHAKES, MALTS, FLOATS AND OTHER SODA FOUNTAIN CLASSICS in April and DOUGHNUTS in May. CAKE POPS was published by Anness Publishing in May.
2013 brought more titles from Hannah, with the publication of CHEESECAKE (Ryland, Peters & Small), SWEET THINGS FROM THE AGA (Absolute Press) and THE SAVOURY GLUTEN-FREE BAKER (Ryland, Peters & Small).
In 2014 Hannah’s books, all published by Ryland, Peters & Small, were, CHOUX, PANCAKES, CREPES, WAFFLES AND FRENCH TOAST, and GLUTEN-FREE CHRISTMAS. Her newest titles, SWEETIE PIE and NAKED CAKES, were both published in February 2015.
In Spring 2015 Hannah published SWEETIE PIE, NAKED CAKES and HOT CHOCOLATE (all RPS). NAKED CAKES was listed in the top 10 of the Evening Standard ‘New Baking Books for 2015’. 2015 will also see the publication of Hannah’s latest books MICROWAVE MUG CAKES and NO BAKE! CAKES & TREATS COOKBOOK with Lorenz Books.
Hannah is an gluten-free expert for Eating and Living Gluten Free magazine and her recipes have been featured in numerous magazines, including BBC Good Food, Delicious, Hello!, Country and Town House, New York Daily News, The Washington Post Express, Woman, Red and the Sunday Express. She has appeared on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Martha Stewart Radio, BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire and has demonstrated on numerous occasions at the BBC Good Food Show. Hannah is a regular contributor on BBC Three Counties Weekend Kitchen. Meanwhile, Hannah also works full-time as a lawyer!