Notes From a Small Kitchen Island

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Writing a book is a solitary experience, just you and the chair and the screen. Tap tap tap. Coffee and toast and on and on. My new book, Notes From A Small Kitchen Island: Recipes and Stories From The Heart of The Home is out today. I wrote it mostly in lockdown, in our house in London, and that made the isolation more acute. In those early months, I barely saw anyone. I just wrote and washed the shopping. I think this made my writing more personal, more intimate than I would normally dare, because in those strange times, I lost any sense of other people, of audience, so I wrote directly from my heart. But now here it is, with a beautiful cover created by Holly Ovenden from a picture of my old kitchen and all of Laura Edwards’ enchanting photographs, all of my stories and recipes. For everyone to see. I hope you do. I hope you enjoy them.

The first reviews are in – and they make gratifying reading.

From Nigella’s Cookbook Corner

I love this book so deeply that I feel like a wriggly child with its hand up, desperate to answer a question in class, only for the overexcitement to reduce me to babble when it’s my time to speak. Where do I begin? I want to say everything at once! I know it seems logical when writing about a cookbook to start with the food, but I feel with this particular book, it makes sense to talk about the writing.

This may be Debora Robertson’s first cookbook (for humans, that is: she’s the author of Cooking For Cats and Dogs’ Dinners) but she is a long-serving and distinguished foodwriter, a real cook’s cook, and a delicious stylist. There are many cookbooks I keep for the recipes, but the books that mean the most to me, and that I cherish over the decades, are the ones which come out of a life, and are infused with the author’s very real voice. Of course, it has to be a voice that I respond to, and I adore Debora’s: it’s a wonderful mixture of practicality, warmth, elegant (and never unkind) sharpness, and wit. There’s so much that makes me laugh.

Nigella Lawson, Cookbook Corner

From Tales From Topographic Kitchens

Debora Robertson is a smart and witty writer whose words exude warmth. This doesn’t mean she’s a declawed kitten- far from it. (God help you if you are a twat to her on socials because she’ll demolish you in one sharply funny sentence that’ll have you comfort-licking your own fur until you are as bald as Telly Savalas.) But it has equipped her with an ability to acknowledge and embrace human foibles; she can laugh at herself and look back with fondness at the things she got up to as a young woman. She reminds me of Laurie Colwin in this respect. It’s a really good way of living. Freud did say humour is a mature coping mechanism after all.

Nic Miller

Notes From A Small Kitchen Island: Recipes and Stories From The Heart Of The Home by Debora Robertson, published by Penguin Michael Joseph, £26

Available from Independent bookshops (via, Waterstones and Amazon.

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