Welcome to The Grumpy Cook Club, a food blog that aims to share a love of food and prove that bright young things don't own the internet.
My name is Paul Dodds and I'm a photographer who loves to cook. Like many of my friends of a certain age, I've been told I have a tendency towards grumpiness, but one thing I'm definitely not grumpy about is food. I love it. I love reading about it, shopping for it, preparing it, cooking it and, of course, eating it.
Many of my equally grumpy friends also love to cook and often ask me for hints and tips. So this blog is for them, and for you, if you enjoy reading it. I’m not a professional but I like to share the things I learn as I search the internet, cook books, magazines and more and then put them to the test in my kitchen at Grumpy HQ. I love all the processes involved in cooking and love to try various methods for making the same thing. (I’ve been told I’m a bit nerdy about such things).
If you’re looking for the latest food faze or diet craze, then you’ve probably stumbled upon the wrong blog. The Grumpy Cook Club is all about fabulous food in all its glory, complete with carbs, dairy, meat and more.
I’ve taken lots of food photography for various clients and publications so if you’re reading this and would like to commission me for a job, please drop me an email or use the contact page. You can see more about my commercial & editorial work here. And if anyone reading the blog would like to buy a print of one of my pictures for their kitchen wall, I’d be happy to organise that too.
I hope you enjoy my blog and that it goes some way towards providing an antidote to the grump-inducing stresses of everyday life.
Read it and Eat!
More about me
Name: Paul Dodds
From: The jewel of the north - Newcastle Upon Tyne (but now living in Scotland)
Likes: Food, cooking, Newcastle United Football Club, Photography, Hi-Fi, my dog….oh yes, and my wife (not necessarily in that order)
Dislikes: Washing up, my wife’s garlic intolerance, being given “To Do” lists (I’ll get it done in my own time), people who don’t turn up when they say they will or cancel arrangements, people in the supermarket who stop just in front of you, public displays of affection, being rushed, Sunday drivers, cold callers, my wife’s view of a suitable temperature for the house, wearing a tie, flying, airports, public transport……
The Science Bit: According to a 2009 study by the University of South Wales, being grumpy can be good for you – it makes you less gullible and better at decision making…..so there.
I’m happy in my grumpiness - I wear it as a badge of honour, and so should you!