About Cooking for One

A collection of recipes and stories written by the bereaved offering wisdom, insight, love and hope.

Over the years of running bereavement support groups, we have learned at Rosedale that many people who have lost a partner find it difficult to prepare meals for just one person and the importance of food and cooking can diminish.

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Cooking for One contains no platitudes about what a great healer time can be, it is a candid account of the raw pain and utter loneliness that grief can bring about. Those who have opened-up about their grief have told it as it really is, not what they think people want to hear. They tell you what has helped and the lessons that they have learned along the way. So, as well as containing delicious recipes, Cooking for One aims to serve as a personal handbook designed to help the bereaved navigate their personal pathway of grief. Despite people telling them that they ‘really ought to be getting over the worst
of it by now’ – and however much they appear to be outwardly coping – perhaps the pain will never fully fade and nor would they wish it to.

This book sits just as well in the self-help section of the bookshop as it does alongside the cookery books. It is filled with advice and anecdotes for helping the newly bereaved to learn the art of cooking for one.

Simon Beckett-Allen

Simon Beckett-Allen
Director of Rosedale Funeral Home and author of Cooking for One