Chef Donna Hay says you do have time to cook

Tue Nov 25, 2008 9:51am EST
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By Miral Fahmy

SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - Working mothers, take heart: leading Australian food editor and best-selling cookbook author Donna Hay has come up with easy recipes that take minutes to make -- and even less time to wash up after.

Hay, a young mother of two boys, has been writing about food since she was 19, crafting 16 cookbooks along the way. She said her latest book, "No Time to Cook," was aimed at everybody who thinks they are too busy to go into the kitchen every day, let alone cook for company.

She spoke to Reuters recently about cooking and children:

Q: What inspired you to make a career out of cooking?

A: "When I was really young, my mother let me cook in the kitchen whatever I wanted. She as a brave and clever mom who didn't really want to cook, and was happy for me to do it."

Q: Why did you write a book about quick and easy recipes?

A: "I wrote this book primarily for myself. It's the first book that came out of my home kitchen, not the work kitchen. Having two young boys and wanting to make food for them, as well as food for entertaining, is always a challenge, so I tried to make it as easy as possible. Also, one of my really good girlfriends, who also has two small children, was complaining about how hard it was to entertain and not have a mountain of cleaning up to do, and she asked me how she could do it without the mess, so that's where the book came from."

Q: Do you think people are cooking more or less these days?   Continued...

<p>Donny Hay cooks in the kitchen at her offices in Surry Hill, Sydney in a September 2008 photo. REUTERS/Gary Heery Photography/Handout</p>