This is the cover of my new book – hurrah! It’s called A Basket by the Door and is a seasonal collection of 130 recipes to cook for family and friends who might be needing a bit of love, nourishment and cheering up. Published by Murdoch Books, written and shot by me, except for the cover which was photographed by the oh so clever Clancy Job, it will be out in the world on April 1 – but you can pre-order it right now (which blows me away!).
I think that the very best way to help someone feel loved, understood and valued is to take the time to make them something nourishing and/or super tasty to eat. So mine is a playbook of what to cook for all kinds of situations, 130 recipes collected season by season.
There’s a a basket of jewel-coloured summery smoothies, dips and crackers for a girlfriend or sister just home with a newborn, a deep, spicy gingerbread loaf to deliver (with a thermos of tea perhaps) for friend on the mend in the deep mid-winter, there’s a basket loaded up with (a pretty rad if I don’t say so myself) fennel ragu, wine and chocolate mousse to take to a sad friend’s house to eat with her or him on the couch, and there’s the very best ever chicken pie to take for a new neighbour or stressed friend. There are also recipes and menus for gatherings to comfort and celebrate. These recipes are full of love, compassion, generosity and care. This is food to nourish, bolster, cheer, commiserate and celebrate.
Ok so anyway, A Basket by the Door will hit the shops on April 1, and the first event on the launch calendar is a joint celebration in Sydney on March 9 with my clever friends Annabelle Hickson and Emiko Davies, both of whom also have books coming out this Autumn.
If you would like to pre-order my book, you can here via Booktopia (thank you, that would be amazing – apparently pre-orders really help get things moving in terms of other book shops ordering and hopefully selling too!).
Anyone outside of Australia or New Zealand can order it via Book Depository if they like too.
And if you would like to come and celebrate with Annabelle and Emiko and see all of our books in person, and us, and lots of lovely people, you can also book for this one via the My Open Kitchen online shop. Thank you so much, Sophie x