WHAT’S FOR DINNER? DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR A BUSY LIFE
CURTIS Stone thought he had a busy life – then his son was born. Now he understands the dilemma of today’s families who juggle work, kids and cooking good meals each night.
“You think you have a busy life before you have kids because you do and then you have a child and you’re like, ‘ My God, now I know what a busy life’s all about’.”
And, for now at least, Stone has only one child. His boy, Hudson, is 18 months old and hasn’t even begun to utter the phrase so often heard by parents: “What’s for dinner?” But it’s the title of his latest book. “When you get asked that question, ‘ What’s for dinner?’ you’re not trying to create some gourmet experience, you’re trying to feed your family healthy, delicious food – it’s that simple.”
He’s a trained chef who has worked for the acclaimed Marco Pierre White and run busy restaurants in London, but it’s the family side of cooking that Stone is happy to focus on.
“I’ve been in touch with home cooks for a long time – I am one myself,” he says.
Since Hudson was born, Stone understands how mothers and fathers sometimes have to cook with one hand, holding the baby with the other.
“In this book I’m not trying to show off how great I am, I’m trying to produce recipes that home cooks will use – it will sort of turn into their bible.”
After cooking in hundreds of different homes around the world, Stone realised no matter the nationality, one challenge common to all is that almost everyone is busy.
“It’s time, it’s money, it’s the washing up, it’s being healthy – so I’ve written a book around those challenges, offering recipes that solve those problems.
“We’re all busy, and we’ve put so much on our plates, literally, that it’s time to get back to that important part of a family’s life, – a homecooked meal,” Stone said.
“Imagine walking into a home and you open the front door and you smell that someone’s been cooking. You appreciate that person, you co- operate with the rest of the family by setting the table and doing the washing up afterwards, you communicate through dinner and there are all these loving family qualities that happen because of the home- cooked meal.”
It’s clear Stone is a family man, too. During the interview outside his Sydney hotel he waves to his mum and dad, who are upstairs with Hudson and Stone’s wife Lindsay.
is divided into eight logical and practical chapters.
It starts off with Motivating Mondays, a selection of healthy meals that start the week off right.
Then it’s Time- Saving Tuesdays, One- Pot Wednesdays, Thrifty Thursday and Five- Ingredient Fridays.
For the weekend it’s Dinner Party Saturdays for something a bit special and then the ever- important Family Supper Sundays a chapter Stone feels strongly about – food made with lots of love.
Last but not least is the everimportant dessert chapter. has based her latest novel on a very real portion of novelist Victor Hugo’s life. In 1843, Hugo’s beloved 19- year- old daughter drowned and over the following 10 years he embarked on a mystical journey to reconnect with her. In Rose’s novel, the modern- day protagonist Jac L’Etoile travels to the Isle of Jersey, where Hugo lived in the 1850s, to learn more about the sea- beaten island. In the process, L’Etoile discovers secrets about the island that span centuries.