Food and Cookery

The WI is synonymous with good food and its preparation, and the traditions of healthy, well-made food and preserves continue in a wide range of activities with individual members, WIs, Federations and NFWI events.

The WI aims to encourage those who are new to cookery to have a go, whilst inspiring seasoned cooks to experiment and try something new.

If you have time to spare try making some of our special recipes for family and friends. Our dishes, soups, cakes, desserts and beverages all taste better homemade. Go to the recipe pages to find hundreds of recipes. Recipe of the week is listed as well as a new seasonal recipe each month.

WI members are committed to improving the nation's diet and health particularly regarding food and sustainability.

What the WI does

  • Creates projects and activities to inspire and enthuse WI members through food and cookery.
  • Shares a range of tempting recipes. For inspiring cookery courses visit our WI Cookery School at Denman, Marcham, Oxfordshire.
  • The NFWI-trained cookery and preserves judges follow the WI publication On with the Show, an indispensable guide for exhibitors, judges and show committees.
  • NFWI Demonstrators course, blended learning via WI Training for WI members.
  • Campaigning on food issues that matter to members. Current campaigns are Food Matters, SOS for Honeybees and Supporting UK Farmers. Click here to view campaigns.
  • Up to date information for members including food hygiene and nutrition.

If you have ideas for food activities or projects, please do get in touch with Alison Rush, the Food and Cookery Adviser at

Let's Cook Local (2011 - 2013)

The Let's Cook Local project which ran 2011 - 2013 gave WI members the opportunity to support young families in their areas by running basic cookery courses using local food and avoiding waste so that they have the knowledge and skills to eat healthily on a budget. Let's Cook Local was sponsored by the Big Lottery, Local Food from May 2011 – August 2013.

The WI achieved all the targets set by the Big Lottery and a number of WI Federations are still running the final courses.

For more information about the project please contact Alison Rush, the Food and Cookery Adviser at

Contact the NFWI

  • Phone: 020 7371 9300
  • Open hours: 9am–5pm Mon–Fri
  • Address: 104 New Kings Road, London SW6 4LY

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