Anna Jones on Lau­rie Col­win

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I came to Amer­i­can food writer Lau­rie Col­win’s book Home Cook­ing quite late on. She wrote it in 1987, but her I only heard about as re­cently as five years ago. A group of friends were get­ting to­gether to cook a din­ner, each mak­ing a dish from one of her cook­books.

I felt a bit em­bar­rassed: th­ese weren’t for the most part “food friends”, and I thought, “Hold on a sec­ond, I’m a cookbook writer and I’ve never heard of her”.

The friend who had ar­ranged the din­ner was Amer­i­can, and I think her mother had had Lau­rie’s books kick­ing about at home, and in the end she ended up cook­ing most of the din­ner and asked us just to bring sal­ads. So hav­ing or­dered the books and hur­riedly read the in­tro­duc­tion to Home Cook­ing, I de­cided to go with some­thing very, very sim­ple

– a lit­tle gem salad with soft herbs

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