KELLI BRETT, ED­I­TOR, CUI­SINE

Cuisine - - ED’S LETTER -

WHO IN­FLU­ENCED YOUR approach to food and shaped the type of cook that you are?

As we cre­ated this spe­cial fam­ily-themed edi­tion for you,

I put this ques­tion to the team at Cui­sine. Their an­swers are in each recipe fea­ture, giv­ing you a gen­er­ous glimpse of their own fam­i­lies, im­por­tant food mem­o­ries and valu­able knowl­edge and skills passed on through the gen­er­a­tions.

Of course, we didn’t all grow up with the ben­e­fit of a nur­tur­ing mum in the kitchen. You might not have dis­cov­ered the joy of cook­ing un­til much later in life, but I think it’s fair to say that most of us grav­i­tate to­wards food that we find com­fort­ing or fa­mil­iar. Our fam­i­lies can be com­pli­cated, but food will al­ways bring us to­gether.

Fiona Smith ex­per­i­ments with her mum’s clas­sics, Ginny Grant serves up an Ital­ian-in­spired feast, Will Bow­man pro­vides hearty and ver­sa­tile stocks that will see you through an ar­ray of fam­ily din­ners and Emma Gal­loway turns to flavours of her child­hood. And yes, we’ve also got you cov­ered if you are not sur­rounded by fam­ily, with Sarah Tuck’s clever ideas for be­ing home alone.

Skyc­ity’s rock-star chefs share their go-to com­fort dishes with you, on page 86. In these recipes you can see strong cul­tural food in­flu­ences and get an idea of what Al Brown, Sean Con­nolly, Nic Watt, Peter Gor­don and Jeff Tan might be serv­ing up to their own fam­i­lies. Mean­while, Anna King Sha­hab nav­i­gates the treach­er­ous road to the fam­ily din­ner ta­ble and gives chefs’ sug­ges­tions for fun meals with a min­i­mum of fuss.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the win­ners of the Feast Marl­bor­ough Rare Fare com­pe­ti­tion (see page 136). Ginny Grant shares the win­ning dishes and a list of must-buy items for your next trip to beau­ti­ful Blen­heim.

In this glo­ri­ous is­sue you are privy to a lit­tle bit about the peo­ple be­hind our food at Cui­sine. We all have a very dif­fer­ent jour­ney, but we are united by the im­mense plea­sure that comes with cook­ing and shar­ing with you.

Read on and cook well.

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