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GT: Feeding the family

HECTIC: Curtis Stone has become a dad.CURTIS Stone thought he had a busy life – then his son was born.
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Now he totally understands the dilemma facing families who juggle work, kids and cooking good, healthy meals each night.

‘‘You think you have a busy life before you have kids – because you do – and then you have a child and you’re like, ‘My god, now I know what a busy life’s all about’,’’ he said.

And for now, at least, Stone has only one child. His son Hudson is 18months old and hasn’t even begun to utter the phrase so often heard by parents: ‘‘What’s for dinner?’’

But that is why it’s the title of his latest book.

‘‘When you get asked that question, ‘What’s for dinner?’, you’re not trying to create some gourmet experience; you’re trying to feed your family healthy, delicious food. It’s that simple,’’ he said.

Stone is a trained chef who has worked for the acclaimed Marco Pierre White, and run busy restaurants in London, but it’s the family side of cooking that Stone is happy to focus on.

‘‘I’ve been in touch with home cooks for a long time – I am one myself,’’ he said.

Stone understands how mothers and fathers sometimes have to cook with one hand, holding the baby on the other hip.

‘‘In this book I’m not trying to show off how great I am, I’m trying to produce recipes that home cooks will use – it will sort of turn into their bible,’’ he said.

After cooking in hundreds of different homes around the world, Stone said he realised that no matter what the nationality, one challenge common to all was that almost everyone was busy.

‘‘It’s time, it’s money, it’s the washing up, it’s being healthy – so I’ve written a book around those challenges and offering recipes that solve those problems,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re all busy, and we’ve put so much on our plates, literally, that it’s time to get back to that important part of a family’s life, and that’s a home-cooked meal.

‘‘Imagine walking into a home and you open the front door and you smell that someone’s been cooking. You appreciate that person, you co-operate with the rest of the family by setting the table and doing the washing up afterwards, you communicate through dinner. There are all these loving family qualities that happen because of the home-cooked meal.’’

It’s clear Stone is a family man, too. During the interview he waves to his mum and dad, who are upstairs with his wife Lindsay and Hudson.

At the end of his book he thanks his mum, who he calls Lozza, for teaching him the importance of sitting down to a family meal and making him such a good cook.

Stone always includes one of his mother’s recipes in his books, and this time it’s her sticky toffee ice-cream.

The down-to-earth Melbourne-born Stone now lives in Los Angeles, and has done very well in the US, hosting several cooking shows.

With his blond spiky hair

and surfie look, there’s no doubting why he’s been able to win over the likes of talk-show queens Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres.

But he’s a true-blue Aussie and says he’ll always pronounce ‘‘tomato’’ the Australian way – although he admits he has to call a capsicum a pepper when talking to Americans.

‘‘I’ve been lucky in the States to have a few opportunities come my way, and I guess I’ve made the most of them,’’ he said.

But whether it’s a pepper or a capsicum, Stone said he’d never lose his Aussie accent.

His book has already been released in the US and is about to hit shelves in Australia.

What’s For Dinner is divided into eight logical and practical chapters.

It starts off with Motivating Mondays – a selection of healthy meals that start the week off properly.

Then it’s Time-Saving Tuesdays – when dinner can be on the table in 15 to 40minutes.

One-Pot Wednesdays feature dishes that are made in one pot, pan, frying pan or barbecue – which means less washing up.

The Thrifty Thursday chapter is exactly that – meals on a budget – and then it’s Five-Ingredient Fridays for fun recipes to kick off the weekend. For the weekend it’s Dinner-Party Saturdays for something a bit more extraordinary, and then the ever-important Family Supper Sundays – a chapter Stone feels strongly about. Food made with lots of love. AAP

What’s for Dinner? Delicious Recipes for a Busy Life, by Curtis Stone, is published by Random House Australia. RRP $39.95. For your chance to win a copy, go to page 26 of today’s Good Taste.

 
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