Guess what,” my publisher said to me on the phone yesterday.

I don’t like it when people say those words. They’re up there with “We need to talk” and “I don’t want you to be worried but” as far as I’m concerned. As soon as somebody says that they don’t want me to be worried, I am already quite worried.


So, she says “Guess what” in her chirpy, lovely way. Before I attempt to do so, she tells me that my new cookbook dinner. has arrived backfrom the printers.

You might think that this is a good thing. And in a way it is. A very good thing. I cannot deny that I am excited that another of my series has reached publication and come through the process relatively unscathed. As I mentioned before, it’s a wonderfully giddy feeling seeing your own work in print. You could call it pride, and I suppose pride is what it is, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing to be pleased with your own achievements. Not that I could have made it without the support of my close friends and family, of course. If anything, another book is another testament to their help and kindness.

dinner. is the latest instalment in my own series of cookbooks, each of which is designed to make preparing meals easier and more enjoyable. Like its predecessor mix., each of the many recipes are designed with my personal philosophy “no fiddle, no fuss, just food” in mind. I’ve tried my best to explain complicated techniques in simple, easy to follow steps, and have provided hints and tips which will hopefully further readers’ interest in cooking more adventurous, exciting things.

Each of the recipes has been tested five times. Which, when you pause to think about it, is a logistical nightmare, but it should point to how thorough I have been. The idea is if I can cook something in my own kitchen at home, then you can cook it too. I’m a firm believer in the idea that cooking should be enjoyed by everyone, not only those who have a specially fitted deluxe kitchen, their own personal butcher and one or two sous chefs at their disposal.

Ingredients are restricted to those which you can buy at your local supermarket – you won’t have to pick your own wild saffron or invest in a pig and go out snorting in the woods for truffles to cook these recipes.

In short, dinner. is packed full of ideas to plan the perfect cuddly night in for two or a lavish party for a dozen guests. Plus, it’s small enough to fit in a stocking and it has a lovely picture of me on the cover! What more could you want?

If you would care to order a copy, just click here.

Lets chat next week, I’m off to Belfast for the weekend to catch up with family and friends.  Well, after all, I do need a rest, I’ve been a busy chap.

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