Easy recipes to make for the people you love - inspired by my Jewish family.
Praise for Anne's first book:
'Sesame & Spice is an absolute treat; full of warmth and generosity, and so many recipes I want to cook, that I've been headily immoderate with my post-it notes!' Nigella Lawson
One of my favourite childhood memories is going round to my grandparents' house in London's East End on a Friday afternoon with my mum and brothers, waiting for my dad and aunts, uncles and cousins to arrive for dinner.
My grandma would be in the kitchen, frying onions in schmaltz, checking the potatoes roasting with the chicken and stirring the soup. An apple cake would be on a smart plate on the sideboard and the whole house smelled warm and familiar.
And now, every Friday, like my mum and my grandma, and her mother before her, I prepare a traditional, Jewish dinner for my family and friends. But this book isn't only aimed at Jewish people. That's where my recipes come from, but they are recipes that I want to share with everyone. Easy to cook, delicious to eat and full of warmth and generousity.
I cook these recipes whenever we have friends or family over - a weekday one-tray supper of chicken, aubergine and bulghar wheat, a Sunday lunch of lamb shanks with apricots or a duck, fig and pomegranate salad for our New Year.
I can turn around a veritable feast of a dinner in a couple of hours because these recipes are tried and tested by generations of cooks before me, recipes I will be passing on to my daughters for their own families one day, I hope, and that you will to yours.
This is indeed a book inspired by my Jewish roots, but above all, it is a book of food to make for people you love.
Anne Shooter's first book, Sesame & Spice, is shortlisted for the Guild of Food Writers' First Book Award.
Her work also includes chairing tasting panels, hosting food events and judging awards on radio and TV as well as advising Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and the Red Tractor Campaign.