This, my eighth cookbook, was published on 4th November 2021 by Simon & Schuster. It’s now available from major booksellers and internet book stores including Booktopia, Amazon, Dymocks, Readings, Mighty Ape, and QBD Books…and here on my website where I do signed and beautifully gift-wrapped copies for you.
The introduction to my book really sums up what it’s all about, so I’ve included an excerpt from it here.
‘Who would have thought it! What started a few years ago as one little square in a far corner of the internet feels to have taken on a life of its own. For me, Instagram was initially a space to dip my toe in the waters of social media, but as time passed, I realised it was becoming much more than that. Although I only post once a week, on a Sunday, I noticed that I was getting more and more comments from people about what quickly became known as my ‘Sunday Post’. These have continued to grow over time, and I’ve been surprised, touched, and more than a little overwhelmed by the extraordinary response I get to my posts.
I talk about simple, everyday life…farmers and markets, cakes, pies, pythons (in our case!), cooking and eating, my cooking classes…and I make observations about the extraordinary world of Nature around me. These seem to have struck a chord with a remarkable number of people, and I’ve had on-going chats for years with many of those who follow my posts…we almost feel like family. There’s a sense of community and a return to a simpler life around what I do and what I share.
The idea that these posts could be brought together in a book initially came from my followers, as so many have written and suggested I should do so. The seed was planted, and after niggling away at me for quite some time, I finally found things falling into place like a giant jigsaw puzzle. Everything started coming together as though it was made to fit…words, recipes, photos…and I felt quietly excited every time I sat at my desk to add one more piece to the puzzle. And the result of all that puzzling is this, my new book. I don’t quite know how to describe it…I haven’t figured that out yet! It’s a cross between a cookbook, a journal, a conversation, and reflections on the world around. I see it being as much a bedside book, just to read, as a cookbook, although I’d love to think that the pages become splotched and smudged from constant use.’