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Marie Louise Cochrane

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Marie Louise Cochrane loves stories about food and is the creator of ‘Mrs. Mash the Storytelling Cook’

Mrs. Mash tells food-related stories with interactive elements and specially written action songs. She also uses comic props and examples of foodstuffs to illustrate the stories. Where possible Mrs Mash involves participants in baking and other hands on food activities This not only encourages a love of healthy food, but also inspires an interest in where it comes from, how it fits into our culture and creates an understanding of why it’s good for us.

Mrs. Mash can be found telling to children and their families in cafes, schools, health events, nurseries, festivals of food, science and literature and is a regular at Wigtown Book Festival

Mrs. Mash is part of Food Lore CIC a social enterprise dedicated to using stories. songs and  food experiences asa cultural approach to food and health education. We also create resources which we share via our newsletter. For more information visit

Marie Louise really enjoys telling other kinds of stories too from Scottish, fairy and family tales to humorous tales for adults and the singing of songs and ballads.She hosts a popular monthly storytelling supper for adults at Bijou Bistro in Leith, near Edinburgh.

Marie Louise was born and bred in Edinburgh where she still lives. Her earliest experiences of storytelling were children’s stories and long-winded jokes told to her and her sisters by her parents, as well as humorous tales accompanied by singing, at family parties in her granny’s house. She soon learned to do a ‘party piece’ and has been carrying on one way or another ever since…

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