‘The kitchen is an enduring place of comfort and the food which comes out of it provides essential sustenance not just for the body, but for the soul too’.
(Nigella Lawson, Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home
On my 18th birthday my parents presented me with a copy of Nigella Lawson’s Kitchen, the first of many cookbooks that now occupy at least a third of my bookcase. As you can imagine, Nigellas’ introductory statements are full of expressive adjectives and a lot of rather long words, ‘disingenuousness’ and ‘dynamism’ are but a couple of examples. But, underneath all the flowery language I connected with what she says about running away and finding solace in the kitchen. An immense satisfaction can be found in making something from nothing. In turning a few simple ingredients into a feast enough for the family. Cooking yields, it rewards with a sense of accomplishment, a sense of achievement and that cannot be a bad thing for anyone. Food has the ability to heal, body and soul, it is capable of nourishing the entire self.