We have been thrilled with the response for recipes and stories for our forthcoming book, Cooking for One, which will be published in the summer.The book will contain valuable advice on the importance of self-help following the bereavement of a loved one, particularly in situations where one partner has been reliant on the other and suddenly finds themselves alone.
Alongside the submissions received so far, a number of professional chefs and well-known personalities have also pledged their support by offering tips and recipes of their own.
Simon Beckett-Allen, director of Rosedale Funeral Home, who was inspired to write the book following the death of sister in 2015, said: “The response has been really heart-warming with some lovely stories and great recipes, but also real-life experiences of how people cope in a really difficult situation.
“In many cases, on top of the grieving process, we have heard how partners have had to take on additional responsibilities”, Simon added. “Whether it’s cooking for themselves, dealing with family finances for the first time or suddenly realising that many odd jobs around the home were done by their partner. Everybody’s grief is unique to them, but we hope that there will be some valuable insight in the book from others that can provide help and support along with some great recipes.”
There is still time to submit a story and recipe for publication in Cooking for One. All profits from the sale of the book will be donated to Cruse Bereavement Care. Online submissions are open until the end of April.
For further information about Cooking for One and a link to the submission form, please visit the Cooking for One section of our site here. There is also a printed form available for download on the website for anyone who would rather submit their story and recipe by post.