Showing posts with label Donna Air. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Donna Air. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

When Fashion Peeps Eat


A couple of weeks ago a mouse ran over my foot in the kitchen. It was really scary so I did what any sensible person would do and bought blue poisonous stuff in the hardware shop, left it in the corner beside the fridge and sealed the door from the kitchen to the living room with masking tape. And I haven't gone in since. Well maybe once or twice, just to get a corkscrew, but mainly the mouse has had the place to himself. The sit down bit in Waitrose is my new kitchen and I just eat food that doesn't need cooking, e.g. crisps, when I'm too lazy to go there.

But now cooking is totally in and I'm going to have to be brave and deal with the mouse because I need my kitchen back. Cooking has been in for ages actually - look how famous Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver are - but recently celebs not really known for cooking (or eating) have begun to get in on the act. Gwyneth is making roast chicken on Goop, Sophie Dahl has written Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights and Donna Air is the editor-in-chief of the Grown in Britain Cookbook.

Gwyneth's video reminds me why I liked her back in the late 90s. She actually seems nice and the annoying know-it-all tone that she adopts in her Goop newsletters is mainly absent. The recipe is pretty straightforward though - plain roast chicken with salad - and you really don't need an eight minute video to tell you how to do it but I suppose the appeal is the little autobiographical details ("My dad was very into adding maple syrup into salad dressing")! Sophie Dahl also dishes up autobiographical nuggets - tucking into sushi with Isabella Blow, gorging on curries with Tim Walker - alongside the recipes in her book. Her honesty about dieting and the little insights into her relationships with her famous boyfriends and relatives combined with basic but interesting recipes is a format that works really well. Donna Air has left the recipes to the professionals in her book and I'm not really sure what her editor-in-chief role entailed, besides a 500 word foreward and a promotional trip to GMTV, but the book, with its illustrations and explanations, is good in a healthy and educational way. LE