Teaching Dad to Cook Flapjack is a collection of recipes and memories, a delicious food novel where food is embedded within daily family life, as well as an essential, relaxed home cooking manual. Miranda writes ... The book was written after my mother s death ... It started as an informal how-to-do manual for my dad, learning to cook and fend for himself for the first time. A man who could drive a car, tell you about the inside of a camera but couldn t cook his own supper. I started by showing him how to cook some of mum s things. The first recipe in his book was for Chewy Flapjack, which appeals both to his sweet tooth and frequent request for anything to go with a cup of tea? Teaching Dad to Cook Flapjack also contains a blend of ancient Cornish and newer Finnish traditions, with influences from as far afield as Australia. Sometimes the food might be a direct response to a place (Fossil Cake) or even dreamt up as I try and fall asleep (Dulce de Leche Ice Cream).