My Family Kitchen by UK Masterchef and actor Sophie Thompson »

Favourite recipes from four generations

By Laura McKinnon
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My Family Kitchen Sophie Thompson

My Family Kitchen Sophie Thompson


Sophie Thompson is a much-celebrated, award-winning actor and the winner of Britain's Celebrity MasterChef 2014.

My Family Kitchen is a collection of recipes that have surrounded Sophie’s life. It combines four generations of family favourites, from Granny Annie's Orange and Ginger Chicken to Mum's Spare Ribs, and from Uncle James's Pineapple Tarts to Salted Caramel Cookies for her sons.

There are also recipes from friends, such as Chocolate Truffles from the legendary actor Penelope Keith.

Opposite the contents page is an image of a browning, spattered piece of paper. On it is a hand-written recipe for Coffee Mallow Mousses, the type of recipe your mother or grandmother would have pulled out of their collection to refresh their memory when cooking a family favourite.

Sophie has followed this with her larder and spice stash, a list of what she tends to keep stocked at home to limit trips to the shops and still ensure you can cook a variety of her recipes. Looking through her list there is very little that most modern kitchens wouldn’t have already.  Being an English book, words like treacle are used instead of golden syrup, but a quick investigation on Google will set any cook straight.

Following on with the British feel the chapters include

  • Soups, Starters and Morsels;
  • Fish from the Briney Deep;
  • Chick Chick Chick Chick Chicken;
  • Lambs, Beefs, Pigs and a Game;
  • Vegetabley Things;
  • Who’s for Pud?; and
  • Cakes, Biscuits and Confections.

Each recipe is prefaced by a note on its source. Many are the stories of family and friends and place the recipe in a context were you can imagine preparing and enjoying it. This is reinforced by the many photos of f&f throughout, plus hand-drawn illustrations and beautiful food photography. The recipes were photographed in Sophie's own kitchen.

While reviewing My Family Kitchen we particularly enjoyed pickling our own onions, making the Spicy Nut Mix and frying up the Courgette and Parmesan Patties. All of the recipes are fuss-free and easy-to-follow. The only issue I could find is that her recipe for Irish Brack Bread included figs, an addition she notes herself is a liberty.

If you are looking for a book full of recipes like mum or nan used to make – especially if you have British heritage – or for that 'little bit of everything' cookbook to give as a gift, My Family Kitchen is for you.

My Family Table by Sophie Thompson is published in the United Kingdom by Faber (London, 2015; hc, 216pp) and is distributed in Australia by Allen and Unwin, where it retails for A$45.00

My Family Table is available to purchase online via the publisher here »
via Booko here »


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