Writing: Julia Aitken – writer, ghostwriter, blogger and author

Julia has been writing professionally for more than 30 years. She specializes in food and drink and nutrition but she also writes about décor, architecture, furniture design, fashion and skincare, and has been a ghostwriter of editorials for a leading Canadian chef. Author of three cookbooks, her most recent is 125 Best Entertaining Recipes (Robert Rose),

Julia is currently food editor of the magazines My Advantage (published for Sears) and Expressions (published for Honda), and was previously food editor of Homemaker’s, Elm Street and Canadian Family magazines.

She contributes a regular food and wine column to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s Food & Drink magazine and a nutrition column to Diabetes Dialogue, the magazine of the Canadian Diabetes Association. She also writes regularly for the Toronto Star and Prime Time. Her work has also appeared in Toronto Life, Saturday Night, Glow, and Together magazines.

Julia has also written for a diverse range of corporate clients, including Metro supermarkets, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Piat d’Or, M&M Meat Shops, and Betty Crocker.

Julia’s first book, Quick and Easy Baking (Grosvenor House Press) appeared in 1986. Since then she has edited and/or contributed to many other cookbooks. In 1996 she co-authored, with Anita Stewart, The Ontario Harvest Cookbook (Macmillan Canada). Her most recent book, Julia Aitken’s Easy Entertaining (Robert Rose), published in 1999, was re-issued in 2007 under the title 125 Best Entertaining Recipes.


Capra's Kitchen, by professional Canadian writer Julia Aitken
Capra’s Kitchen
Expressions, Winter 2009
In the hands of this big-city star chef, rustic Italian cuisine never goes out of style.

Barbecue Bonanza article written by Canadian freelance author, writer Julia Aitken
Barbecue Bonanza
My Advantage, Summer 2011

Whether you have just a few minutes or all day to prep…read more

My Advantage magazine article by Canadian writer Julia Aitken
All-In-One Suppers
My Advantage, Fall 2011
Cut down on cleanup—but not the flavour and fun—with these…read more


My Expressions article written by professional writer - editor Julia Aitken
Chef’s Table
Expressions, Spring 2011
Too busy to fix dinner? So’s Mark McEwan a lot of the time…read more

Savoury Pies by Julia Aitken: Canadian Freelance Writer and Editor
Savoury Pies
Food & Drink, Autumn 2011
Superior fillings and first-class crusts take five main-course…read more

Food and Drink Magazine article Inside Information by freelance writer Julia Aitken
Inside Information
Food & Drink, Autumn 2007
You can’t mess with Mother Nature so Hart Melvin is a patient man.

Cookbook and recipe author, writer Julia Aitken produces 125 Best Entertaining Recipes
125 Best Entertaining Recipes
Let’s get two things straight: Number one, inviting friends over…read more