Notes from a Small Kitchen Island – Recipies and stories from the heart of the home.
Debora Robertson, home cook and renowned food writer, tells how, from the least promising of culinary starts, she learned to love cooking and transformed her cosy, kitchen into the beating heart of her home.
Through her stories and recipes, she will whisk you away to hot summers in Languedoc and balmy weeknights in London, revealing the life-changing dishes that made her. Bound together with life- and dinner-saving lessons, Debora has written the essential kitchen companion for every home cook.
From the tastes of Debora’s childhood, leek and ham hock steamed pudding, slow roast lamb with Durham salad, to the recipes she discovered on her travels, Meemaw’s Texan Margarita Pie, to the food she cooks every day, from the best recipe for roast chicken to plum cake for pudding. Debora will take you by the hand and tell you everything you’ll ever need to know about cooking food you’ll love time and time again.
“I am so greedily impatient for this book. I want to read it. I want to cook from it”
“I want to eat every single recipe in this book – even the two for dogs!”
Nobody else writing about food in this country has a voice like Debora Robertson’s. She is sharp, witty and warm.
Debora’s food knowledge is exceptional. Her understanding of the food world, writers, cookbooks, chefs and producers, is encyclopaedic. On top of that she’s genuinely lovely!
Debora Robertson is that rare thing: a food writer who combines wit and wisdom.
Lisa Markwell, Food Editor, The Sunday Times
Debora is the real deal – a proper home cook, writing for home cooks.
India Knight, Columnist and Author
Manners: A modern field guide
Published March 2021 – Available to buy here
Good manners aren’t about cutlery, codes or cleverness – they’re about kindness.
Writers Kay Plunkett-Hogge and Debora Robertson have honed their combined social wisdom into a warm, witty, how-to guide on how to live modern life with manners – and have a lot of fun along the way.
Debora and Kay have done the fieldwork, made the mistakes, and committed enough embarrassing faux pas for two lifetimes, in the hope that you don’t have to! Their funny, frank handbook is your cheat sheet to every social situation, your right-hand man(ual) to styling out life with sass and a modicum of grace.
Their tried-and-tested guidelines are divided into five main categories:
At Home: family life; sharing is caring; entertaining at home; dinner; welcome to the neighbourhood
At Large: work; public spaces; public transport and petiquette – pets in public
At Play: social life; eating out, staying away; dating in the modern world
@ Your Computer: digital decorum; phones
At the End: dealing with illness and death
Good manners are not about knowing what to wear for drinks at six, being pretentious or catching people out with some mysterious salad-fork-related regulation. In essence, good manners are simply organised kindness, and Kay and Debora will show you how being in possession of them will enhance the quality of your everyday life and that of the people around you.
Cooking for Cats – The healthy, happy way to cook for your cat
Published November 2019 – Available to buy here
20 mouth-watering recipes to cook for your cat at home.
In her latest book, food writer Debora Robertson has created a fun, indulgent book for feline fanatics. Inspired by her cat, Dixie, she’s devised an exciting menu of simple, inexpensive dinners and treats made using readily available ingredients, so they fit easily into your everyday life. With 20 recipes, there is something to tempt even the most finicky of feline palates.
The book is packed full of advice on your marvellous moggy’s diet. It begins with a indispensable larder section before guiding you through everyday treats, easy one-pot dinners and delicious dishes for special occasions. Many of the dishes can be made cheaply in batches, and there is advice on how best to feed your cat. The book includes recipes not only for good general health, but also advice on nutrition for sick or recovering cats.
And because play is important, the book also contains simple craft projects, too, including a fishing pole toy, scratching post, indoor kitty garden, catnip mouse, cardboard cat playhouse and cat pillow. There are also suggestions on making presents for your kitty, as well as tips on training and general good cat behaviour.
The Cat’s Larder: The basics of what your cat should and shouldn’t eat, how and when to feed your cat.
Everyday Treating: Including Miaousli Yogurt Breakfast, Sardine Omelette, Chicken Soup, Turkey and Squash Meatballs and Salmon Fish Cakes.
One-pot Dishes: Rabbit Stew, Bone Broth, Spring Chicken Casserole, Beef and Brown Rice Dinner, Lamb and Dill Hotpot, Fish Supper.
Treats and Special Occasions: Including Salmon and Sweet Potato Crunchies, Chicken and Oatmeal Cookies, Sardine Snackies and Birthday Cake Muffins.
Feel-better Food: Tempting ill cats with smelly food and food for sore mouths.
Declutter: The get-real guide to creating calm from chaos Published October 2018
Published by Kyle Books – Available to order!
‘I need this book.’ – Nigella Lawson
‘A chummy guide to clearing your home and head.’ – Jack Monroe
Bursting with practical and relatable advice, this book injects enthusiasm, energy and some much-needed humour into the essential task of de-cluttering.
Forget the holier-than-thou approach promising a whole new you if you alphabetise your sock drawer – this is decluttering for real people, with real lives.
With a refreshingly honest approach, Debora tackles the best ways to deal with domestic dilemmas, cluttered kitchens and crowded cupboards. She includes handy tips and tricks for the average time-poor person. Tasks are broken down into achievable goals and ‘quick fixes’, allowing even the busiest of people to create, maintain and achieve a tidy home. And it’s not just the home she tackles. Debora helps you banish anxiety and kick-start productivity with ’10 de-cluttering commandments’ and includes honest advice on how to conquer the fear of change.
The busy writer, who has transformed her own cluttered home and mind using these techniques, also explores how best to unclutter your virtual world, from managing social media accounts to balancing email mailing lists.
Published June 2018 – Available now!
Dogs’ Dinners features inexpensive and practical ways to feed your dog a nutritious, balanced diet all from scratch! Debora promotes a method of natural feeding that fits easily into everyday life, as well as catering each diet specifically to your pets own individual needs.
Whether it’s simply a few biscuits from time to time or the full from-scratch experience, it’s a wonderful way to build up that very special bond between you and your dog. And who knows, you may even find some recipes that can be tweaked with extra seasonings, to make them as enjoyable for you as they are for your dog.
Featuring over 50 delicious recipes, the book begins with a helpful Dogs’ Larder section, outlining do’s and don’ts, easy swaps and quick snacks. Following chapters cover Everyday Eating, One-Pot Dinners, Taking the Biscuits (treats and biscuits), Special Occasions (your dog’s very own birthday cake and Christmas Dinner) and Feel Better Food. Getting started needn’t be daunting you probably have many of the ingredients you need to rustle up great meals for your dog in your cupboards, refrigerator and freezer already.
Beautifully illustrated throughout by Cinzia Zenocchini, this is the perfect book for any culinary-inclined dog lover. Bone appétit!
Gifts from the Garden
Published June 2013
Published by Kyle Books – Now Available!
Brimming with ideas from the pretty to the practical, Gifts from the Garden contains more than 100 projects that use the gardener s bounty throughout the seasons.
Divided into Flowers & Herbs, and Fruit, Vegetables & Nuts, Debora includes gifts that are edible, for your home and for your wellbeing.
There are potted bulbs in teacups and decorated personal seed packets; a lavender, rose and chamomile bubble bath; flower and fruit lip balms; a tisane planter and a pizza herb window box; as well as festive wreaths and ideas for using flowers and foliage when wrapping presents. And of course delicious ideas like toffee apples, herbal teas, spice rubs, chile jams, zucchini muffins and quince vodka to name a few!
So whether you want to give something practical for the home, indulgent to enjoy at bathtime, or to complement a delicious dinner, there is a present for everyone.”