SIM­PLE SOUPS FOR CHILLY NIGHTS

Au­thor Claire Tansey’s new book de­liv­ers all the taste with none of the fuss

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CLAIRE TANSEY IS A CHEF, teacher and for­mer food direc­tor at

Chate­laine. She now fo­cuses on in­spir­ing home cooks with easy, fun and de­li­cious recipes; plus clever tips and tricks at Claire Tansey’s Kitchen

(claire­tansey.com) and as a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to Best Health. Edi­tor Beth Thomp­son re­cently chat­ted with Tansey for a be­hind-the-scenes scoop on cre­at­ing the book.

Why did you de­cide to write this book?

I love cook­ing, and I want ev­ery­one else to love it, too! Af­ter so many years of cre­at­ing recipes for mag­a­zine read­ers, talk­ing to friends and neigh­bours, and liv­ing life as a work­ing mom, I know that get­ting a tasty home-cooked meal on the ta­ble ev­ery night can be daunt­ing and drain­ing. But it can also be the high­light of your day — it usu­ally is in mine. I want to em­power peo­ple to cook at home. You can do it, and it doesn’t have to be com­pli­cated!

What was the most sur­pris­ing part of the process?

When I put out a call for vol­un­teer recipe testers, I hoped to get 20, but I got over 100 home cooks — friends, fam­ily, strangers — who of­fered to cook the recipes in their own kitchens. Their feed­back was in­valu­able, but their en­thu­si­asm was so hum­bling. It was such a gift.

I know pick­ing a fave recipe is like pick­ing a fave child, but…?

Have mercy! Fully half of the recipes in the book are writ­ten on my heart, so it’s nearly im­pos­si­ble to choose a favourite. But the one recipe that re­ally cap­tures the soul of Un­com­pli­cated is Gar­lic Spaghetti. Al­though it’s just pasta, oil and gar­lic, the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. It takes less than 20 min­utes from start to fin­ish, uses in­gre­di­ents you al­ways have around, costs al­most noth­ing and is de­li­cious and deeply sat­is­fy­ing.

I love the name of the book. Why is it im­por­tant to keep things sim­ple at the stove?

Cook­ing doesn’t have to be dif­fi­cult to be de­li­cious. When we cook at home the ben­e­fits are sur­pris­ingly far-reach­ing — it con­trib­utes to the health and hap­pi­ness of your body, your mind, your fam­ily and com­mu­nity life, your fi­nances and our planet. That’s a heck of an im­pact from a bowl of pasta!

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