You’ve recently written your second cookbook, Recipes for a Lifetime of Beautiful Cooking. What’s the process?
Firstly, decide the focus of the book. For me, this was about accessibility and affordability of cooking at home. It feels especially timely now, but we started this process years ago. Then I write a simple list of recipes, which keeps changing as I test and cook and re-test the recipes at home. Sometimes, a recipe comes to me more organically just based on life circumstances. For example, during the pandemic when everyone was baking bread and there was no yeast in the shops, I developed a recipe for a flatbread made with yoghurt and baking powder. It went viral but it was purely out of necessity! Those recipes are the best, so that’s in the book.
I co-wrote this book with my best friend Libby Travers which was so fun. While writing all the recipes, we discussed the major themes of the book, how we should group them and what we wanted readers to know without overwhelming them. We had many discussions about the intricacies of cooking at home! Once we were happy with it, we submitted it as a manuscript to our publishers, Murdoch Books. Then we did the photoshoots to make everything look beautiful, then it’s off to the designers. After several rounds of edits, it goes to print which takes a long time too. The reason I’m so excited for this book to come out is because I’ve been thinking about it for literally years!