The Gourmand International Cookbook Awards are the "Oscars" of the cookery writing world and little known author, Romilla Arber has triumphed with her book, 'What's for Dinner?
Second Helpings' which has won first place in the category of "Best Easy Recipes Cookbook" for the UK. Romilla Arber, is neither a celebrity nor a trained chef but a mother of four. Romilla had to self-publish the book as no publisher was willing to take a risk with an unknown author.
Romilla grew up in a household where good, nutritious home cooked food was JUST AS important, as it is in her home today.
Born and raised in Basingstoke, Romilla graduated from Keele University with a Bachelor's degree in Law and History.
She became a successful solicitor and retired from the legal profession when she became pregnant with her third child. Romilla felt that knowing what to cook is what puts off most people from going into the kitchen, rather than the actual act of cooking.
She discovered that parents who relied on convenience food were less likely to pass on basic cookery skills to their children. Based on this, in 2008 Romilla founded The Food Education Trust, a charity dedicated to educating adults and children in the basic skills of cooking.
For the past three years, she has devoted her time to writing "What's for Dinner?
Second Helpings" an essential cookery bible, divided into weekly sections with recipes containing seasonal ingredients.
All proceeds from the sale of "What's for Dinner? Second Helpings" will go to The Food Education Trust and will provide home economic style classes to both adults and children and will supply necessary cooking equipment to schools. "What's for Dinner? Second Helpings" is available at all good bookshops and online.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 767 pages
- Publisher: Park Family Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/04/2012
- Category: General cookery & recipes
- ISBN: 9780957093508