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Happy Cooking: Easy uplifting meals and comforting treats

Written by

Candice Brown


01 July 2021

Who’s the author? Winner of the 2016 Great British Bake Off and author of the Comfort cookbookCandice Brown is a talented baker and cook and successful pub owner. Follow her cooking escapades @candicebrown on Twitter and Instagram.

What’s it about? Food to soothe the soul and pick you up when you’re feeling low, Happy Cooking is a cookbook to nourish, restore and revive. Candice speaks candidly about her battles with depression, anxiety and PTSD, using cooking as a therapy to get her through the darkest of days.

From quick pick-me-ups (hello, The Ultimate Toastie) to simple comforts and childhood favourites, like homemade chicken nuggets and Everything-In Bolognese, to nourishing suppers and keep-your-hands-busy baking, this is the type of cooking that calms the mind and soothes the spirit.

“If you are like me – and I have recently found out so many of you are – you take to your kitchen to sooth anxieties, calm yourself and make yourself smile. Cooking has brought a whole load of us together through that mutual love. That and long hot baths, cake and chicken nuggets!”, says Candice. Find plenty of flavour-packed recipes, clever tips and colourful photography to inspire you.

Recipes we love: Pesto Gnocchi Gratin, Proper Pub Beer-Battered Fish & Chips; Sausage Patty Breakfast Bagels; Leftover Turmeric Chicken, Pearl Barley & Mushroom Soup; Tiramisu Bread & Butter Pudding with Baileys Cream and Swedish Cinnamon Buns

Perfect for: cooks and eaters who find solace in the act cooking, lovers of nostalgic baking and homemade versions of favourite takeaways.

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