There is something so deeply satisfying and emotional about holding your own published book in your hands for the first time. I was lucky enough to experience that for the second time this week, when Random House sent me an advance copy of my second book, The heart of the home.
I rang Mick and he came home from work before I opened the parcel, and we looked through it together. I am thrilled to pieces. This book has over 100 more of my most favourite recipes, including ones that have been inspired by our little trips and also by my friends and family.
It contains a fair bit more of my own family history, photos and stories and memories, in the hope that readers will pull their own family albums out of the cupboard and remember all the great things with their families. The dedication in particular means the world to me and I hope this book is a fitting tribute.
Anyone who’s had any kind of contact with me would know that I believe food to be central to all our days, all our celebrations and gatherings and rituals. The recipes in my second book have been gathered from many sources close to my heart.
It’s released in October. I don’t like to wish time away, but I am so excited for that day to come around so that I can share my book with you.