‘It’s nice … I think there needs to be more women on telly and publishing in this country.’ Jamie Oliver speaking on Heart 106.2 about Tana and her book (13th October 2006).
'Hothead TV chef Gordon Ramsay may be the undisputed boss in his kitchen from hell, but at home it's the missus who's clearly in control.' Woman
'Take a seat, Jools [Oliver]. Because you've got nothing on the Ramsays.’ Grazia
'If society is crumbling under the weight of gender wars, the Ramsay household seems solid as a service station rock cake.' Sunday Times
From the Author
Extracted from the Introduction: I must admit that I hardly cooked until I had children. Gordon was always working until at least midnight and I was working all day and stuyding for my teaching course in the evening - I quickly became a Montessori nursery teacher. I more or less lived on quick and easy food and really started cooking when we had children and our first, Megan, began solids. Suddenly I was responsible for everything that went into her tiny tummy. Gordon was working and it was up to me to cook for her. That was when I started to really care about what was in the fridge. I learnt how to cook as Megan's diet became more interesting than vegetable purees. The fact that she was a good eater and showed excitement in what she ate, as subsequently did the other three, meant I actually enjoyed experimenting, too. So that is how I started cooking - never seasoning or over complicating, just simple, family food. I belive home cooking never needs to be any more sophisticated than this. I've tried to keep the recipes in this book as real and as accessible as possible. I've included all of my favourites that I use to feed the family, which also means that they have been given the thumbs up by the children. Some of the recipes are more child-orientated - like fish fingers, for example - but most of them are for the whole family to enjoy.