Welcome to The Recovering Line Cook, a weekly newsletter featuring food writing, essays, and recipes from me, Wil Reidie.

Who is Wil Reidie then?

I’m a restaurant cook who wants to share his experiences, thoughts and recipes with the world.

When I was 29, I quit my job in marketing, trained at London’s top culinary school, and have now cooked in some of Europe’s finest Michelin-starred kitchens in both London and Stockholm. I now live and cook in a city called Turku, Finland. A city described as Finland’s food capital.

So what can I get from The Recovering Line Cook newsletter?

I publish a newsletter every week for free subscribers. This weekly piece of food writing could be something recipe-focussed from my Notebooks of a Line Cook series or it could be a longer form Essay on anything from the food world (and beyond) I’m interested in. In 2024, I am also planning some in-depth posts exploring the wonderful techniques used in great restaurants up here in the Nordics.

Paid subscribers get the full deal though. As a thank you for supporting my work financially, starting April 2024, I send paid subs an extra 2 essays of personal memoir-writing (including my upcoming Diaries of a Line Cook series) a month.

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