With long winter evenings, colder weather and more time indoors ahead, what better way to fill the time than by cooking up a storm in your home kitchen? Whether or not you’re feeding a family, it’s the perfect opportunity to take care of yourself and others by putting the love back into mealtimes.

Food has always been at the heart of Natalie Gerrelli’s life. From childhood memories filled with the aromas of her mum’s homemade bread at teatime and purple-stained fingers from blackberry picking in the autumn, right through her career as a development technologist at herb and spice specialists Schwarz, she has made the kitchen very much the heart of her home.

Now, Natalie has brought together all her experience and affection for creating delicious dishes in her first cook book, The Food We Love. Her husband and three children have been willing guinea pigs for all her recipes, and the result is a collection of well-loved and home-cooked food that offers something inspiring, comforting and always nourishing for every season.

The book is divided into chapters including ‘It’s A Soup Day’ and ‘Spiced: Flavours From Afar’ alongside irresistible bakes, brunch, picnic fare, pasta, classic comfort food and pudding to provide something for every occasion, or simply the family dinner table at the end of each day.

Natalie wanted to create a keepsake for her three daughters when they fly the nest, as a reminder of home and of the food they all love, so her aim of making food that helps her family to grow and enjoy life really shines through.

Within these chapters you’ll find recipes for Chocolate Chip & Banana Drop Scones; Italian style Plum Cake, Spaghetti with sardines, fennel and lemon; Poached chicken with green lentils, watercress and mustard dressing; Brown sugar meringues with orange scented berries and many more: there are over 90 recipes in total.

The Food We Love is a contemporary yet comforting treasure trove of family recipes, a book to cherish and cook from again and again. As Natalie says:

“Food can make us feel good, whether it’s a nourishing breakfast to start the day, a freshly baked cake or a hearty dinner to share. I love food and so do my family. It’s never far from our thoughts! Mealtimes are important occasions throughout our days, months and years. Sometimes it’s a quick pit-stop between work and play, at other times a welcome recharge with friends and family.  Good food, always at the heart of our family life, is entwined in all our fondest memories.”

About the Author

Based in Wirksworth amidst the rolling hills of Derbyshire, Natalie has always been an avid reader of cookery, and loves to adapt recipes to suit her family’s needs by simplifying them or adding more nutritious ingredients. Her love of travel sits alongside familiar British flavours in her cooking, influenced by food from the Mediterranean, northern Africa and the Americas. She studied Food Science at Nottingham University and worked as a Food Development Technologist, which led to further study in Nutritional Therapy with the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, before bringing up her children.

The Food We Love is a 192 page hardback and retails at £22. It will be available to purchase from Amazon, bookshops including Waterstones and online from www.mezepublishing.co.uk.