DEE NOLAN was born in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia, growing up at Gum Park, a farm established by her grandfather a century ago.
She dreamed of being a writer and a farmer and now, after an international career in journalism, she has returned to Gum Park where she writes books and, together with her husband John Southgate, runs a certified organic farm producing Nolans Road extra virgin olive oil and breeding Southdown sheep.
Dee trained as a newspaper reporter on the Melbourne Herald and went on to have a distinguished career as a senior newspaper executive and magazine editor on many of the world’s leading publications in London and New York. She was three times awarded Editor Of The Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME).
Her first book, A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela was recognised in the 2010 Gourmand World Cooks Awards as one of the Best Culinary Travel Books in the World. Dee’s second book, A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to France, will be published on October 22, 2014. Both books are published by the Lantern imprint of Penguin and they reflect Dee’s abiding interest in food and history. She follows the paths taken by the medieval pilgrims, telling the stories of the cooks and farmers she meets along the way who, with their heritage in centuries-old traditions, give heart to food lovers who care about what we eat and how it is produced.
Dee is an Ambassador for South Australian Premium Food and Wine.