Food writer Juana Pepa talks about her favorite things

Food writer Juana Pepa talks about her favorite things

Food writer Juana Pepa talks about her favorite things

My personal style signifier are my Repossi rings. I wear 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’ll usually see me in Massimo Dutti’s Mother jeans and shirts during the day. I wear a lot of black, white, blue and beige – although sometimes I add a touch of color. repossi.com

Her significant style: Repossi rings

Her symbol of style: Repossi rings © Jooney Woodward

The last thing I bought and liked was a Sophie Conran table lamp. I bought this for my bedside table, 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 complements it. Howard table lamp, £375, sophieconran.com

The place that means a lot to me is Madrid. I lived there for seven years before moving to London and became a mum there, got married there, started writing my books there and my friends are still there. I particularly like the Chueca district, which is full of interesting shops and restaurants. I know every corner. My favorite place has to be Taberna La Carmencita. This is a small restaurant that does the best huevos fritos with morcilla and amazing veal Milanese. Toni 2 is also a classic, it’s a piano bar, open until 6am and where everyone meets to sing. They don’t let you use your phone to read the lyrics, so you need to be prepared. tabernalacarmencita.es; toni2.es

Vintage crockery in her dining room

Vintage crockery in his dining room © Jooney Woodward

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

I recently discovered Columbia Road Flower Market in East London – I’m new to the city so I love finding special places like this. I bought some pottery there and couldn’t leave without some flowers.

Narbona dulce de leche, $8.50 for 470g

Narbona dulce de leche, $8.50 for 470g © Jooney Woodward

The best memory I brought home is dulce de leche from Punta del Este in Uruguay. We go there for Christmas and New Years 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 it on everything: sandwiches, cakes, ice cream, desserts. This one is amazing because it’s creamy and sweet but not overpowering. I always bring back lots of jars as they are really nice to bring as a gift to a dinner party. Narbona.com

Part of Pepa's book collection

Part of Pepa’s book collection © Jooney Woodward

The best book I’ve read in the last year 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 your way of receiving love may not always be the same as receiving love from your partner. .

My favorite place is Place des Lices in St Tropez. They have a market there 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 there in the summer and love picking up beach sheets there.

My style icons are Jane Birkin, Jean Seberg, Catherine Deneuve and Capucine. It just doesn’t get any better than this particular French style – chic, elegant and seemingly effortless.

Where is Wally, offered to his son

Where is Wally, given to his son © Jooney Woodward

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

A photograph by Andrea Torres Balaguer

A photograph by Andrea Torres Balaguer © Jooney Woodward

The best gift I have received is a photo that my husband gave me in March for our three years of marriage. It’s by a Spanish artist that I admire called Andrea Torres Balaguer and it’s a photo of a woman with her face obscured.

An object that Pepa would never part with: his 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 is a pashmina scarf that belonged to my grandmother. It’s just beige and it’s not in any special type of fabric. But she wore it a lot before she died and it’s the only thing I have of her. I’ve moved 20 times so I’m not usually attached to material things, but I’ve taken this pashmina with me everywhere since I was 14. I never wear it but it is always there, in my wardrobe.

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 in the week.

Dom Perignon Vintage 2012

Dom Pérignon Vintage 2012 © Jooney Woodward

My beauty guru is Chloe at Linda Meredith, whom I go to for a facial once a month. I also get a laser facial treatment at Dr. Thomas Clinic. For wellness, I have a personal trainer in Madrid called Crys Dyaz. When I met her I was 23 and didn’t like to exercise, but thanks to her I now 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 a night club but it’s very motivating and I run faster now. crysdyazandco.com; dthomas.com; lindameredith.com

The last music I downloaded was a song called “Oh Mammy” by Midi Culture. It’s a remix and what I like 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

Juana’s bedroom in her London home © Jooney Woodward

The thing I couldn’t live without is my pillow. Six years ago I went to El Corte Inglés in Madrid and tried every pillow in the shop. I found one that’s perfect because it’s not too high, not too low, not soft, not too hard – it’s just right. So now, if I’m traveling or taking a long road trip, I’ll take my pillow with me for the trip.

i have a collection of books. I have lots 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 when we travel. The most important cookbooks for me are Dona Lolawhich is a classic Argentinian cookbook, and Phaidon’s The silver spoonn – it’s the bible of Italian cuisine.

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

An indulgence I’ll never give up is a weekly 90-minute massage. I started this habit when I was 16 and I’m 30 now. I found a great place here called Quan Spa and they do amazing Thai massage – it’s like my second home. quanspa.fr

On my wish list is a trip to Asador Etxebarri in Axpe in northern Spain. It’s a Michelin starred restaurant and some say it’s the best meat restaurant in the world, with a fantastic wine selection too. Another place I would like to go is Casa Taberna, a small hotel in the Plaza Mayor of Pedraza, a beautiful Spanish town near Madrid. The hotel restaurant serves local produce and the decor is rustic but minimalist.

His vintage Miu Miu jacket

Her vintage Miu Miu jacket © Jooney Woodward

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a vintage orange Miu Miu jacket. It’s suede on one side and sheepskin on the other, so you can wear it two ways. Found this at Lovers Lane Vintage while walking around Notting Hill with my daughter. instagram.com/loverslanelondon

Bobbi Brown Intensive Serum Foundation, £51

Bobbi Brown Intensive Serum Foundation, £51 © Jooney Woodward

The essential beauty that I never part with is Bobbi Brown’s intensive serum foundation. It’s wonderfully soft and looks like I’m not wearing foundation. £53, bobbibrown.fr

My favorite site is that of Tracy Anderson, for her workout The Method. I keep up to date online. tracyanderson.com

Spinach and celery for its green juice

Spinach and celery for its green juice © Jooney Woodward

If I didn’t do what I do, I would to be a psychoanalyst. I had a therapist for over 15 years. It’s a time to connect with myself because sometimes we use words for feelings or situations that aren’t the best words, so it’s helpful for reflection.

When I need to feel inspired, I invite my friends. I love cooking for them and being around people. Often I don’t try to think of a menu and just do something with what I have. Recently, I cooked Milanesa, fries, homemade ravioli in tomato sauce, and green salad with vinaigrette and an incredible mozzarella from Prezzemolo & Vitale. prezzemoloevitale.co.uk

The best advice I’ve ever received was from my husband. I used to be indecisive and filled with 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 that there comes a time when you have to say to yourself, this is it, finish it.

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