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.
Love and a Licked Spoon is written by Debora Robertson, food writer, editor, enthusiastic kitchen botherer and optimistic planter of pretty and edible things. She lives in north London with her husband Séan, a dog, a cat and a mountain of cookbooks and seed catalogues. She is ideologically opposed to rectangular plates.
Her latest book, Declutter: The get-real guide to creating calm from chaos was published by Kyle Books in 2018.
Dogs' Dinners: The healthy, happy way to feed your dog was published by Pavillion Books in 2018.
Gifts from the Garden: 100 Gorgeous Homegrown Presents, was published by Kyle Books in 2012.
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