THEY may know their way around a kitchen, but bestselling authors Kim McCosker and Rachael Bermingham are having a little trouble navigating their way out of Newcastle.
‘‘Darl, I think we’re on the wrong road,’’ McCosker says to Bermingham during a phone interview with The Guide.
‘‘I’ve not seen any of before. It’s not familiar.’’ She consults the map. ‘‘I just can’t see where we’ve gone wrong here actually . . . (into the phone) it’s just me and Rach at the moment so God only knows where we’re gonna end up. You’ve heard of Thelma and Louise . . . but where’s Brad Pitt? That’s what I’m askin’.’’
The down-to-earth pair have been on the road since the wee hours, driving to radio interviews and book signings to promote 4 Ingredients 2, the aptly titled follow-up to their hit cookbook 4 Ingredients.
The original self-published collection, which began as ‘‘a little ad in the local paper’’ that McCosker and Bermingham would hand-deliver to customers, was the second highest-selling title in Australia last year behind Harry Potter.
The two childhood friends are making their television debut on the Lifestyle Channel with a sixpart series based on the quick and easy 4 Ingredients philosophy, which encompasses everything from simple mid-week meals to nine-course dinner parties for six for less than $150.
Not bad for two mums from the
this Sunshine Coast who don’t consider themselves particularly good cooks.
‘‘Oh God darl, no way,’’ McCosker shrieks when asked if she has any culinary training.
‘‘My background is in finance and Rachael’s is in marketing. We are truly two of the least likely girls to have ever written a cookbook. Our friends can’t believe it’s us.
‘‘I think maybe that’s part of the appeal. We’re not chefs. We don’t know how to be that fancy and fabulous.’’
What they do know is how it feels to face the dreaded ‘‘What’s for dinner?’’ question at the end of a busy day.
‘‘You’re tired and still juggling a million things,’’ McCosker, a mother of three, says. ‘‘And you open these great recipe books — and we own stacks of them — but there are 15 ingredients you have to peel and chop and prepare. We just thought there had to be a simpler way.’’
That way meant setting some rules, namely, recipes with four ingredients or fewer, explained in about four sentences and requiring only one cup, one tablespoon and one teaspoon in the way of tools.
‘‘Everyone is after more time and more money, and 4 Ingredients gives that back to you,’’ Bermingham says. ‘‘We had one email from a lady — her food bill was $450 a week. It’s gone down to $200 a week using 4 Ingredients.’’
SHE says the recipe collection has also grown significantly and even inspired a third book: Gluten-free 4 Ingredients.
‘‘A lot of people have seen the ads (for the TV show) so they’re really excited to meet you in person, which is a new thing for us,’’ Bermingham says.
But don’t think of calling them celebrities.
‘‘The great thing is it’s just Rach and me,’’ McCosker says. ‘‘We’re not actors, we’re just us. I really think that if you like the books, if you like to cook delicious food easily and quickly, you’ll get a kick out of our show.’’
One four all:
Rachael Bermingham and Kim McCosker.