This is my interview with Lorraine Elliott.

What was the most interesting thing you discovered when writing this book? How many other tasks that needed attending in our house! 😉 No, seriously, it was such a different process to writing a book than writing a blog post.  A book needs a story arc while blog posts often stand alone. The timeline and grouping together of chapters was a challenge too.

What place, dish or product would you like to review/taste next? I’m so curious about the Heston Blumenthal restaurant in Melbourne. Along with pretty much the rest of food loving Australia I’d imagine!

What was one of the best things that happened because of this book? The chance to speak on two panels at the Sydney Writers’ Festival was such a fantastic opportunity. I never for one thought that I’d have a book published nor speak at a world class event about it. Also I loved the chance to meet my readers. They are really the nicest people. I’ve heard it said by restaurateurs and shop owners when they’ve visited after a review but it was so special to get to meet my Dear Readers at signings.

What are your favourite tools? I really appreciate a multi purpose appliance. I have very little storage space so if something has a few functions, I tend to use it a lot. My cordless mini processor gets used a lot-probably every day.

What was your last great belly-laugh? I belly laugh often. Usually at cat or dog videos. Cats are a little funnier than dogs.

Which 5 people would you like to have over for dinner? Idris Elba and Chris Isaak (because I have huge crushes on both of  them) and three of my best friends because I will need to discuss both of these gentlemen in some detail with my friends afterwards.

Do you collect anything? I’m trying to break a lifetime’s habit of collecting as we have no space. Having said that, I’m collecting by proxy as I’m encouraging my husband to start a collection of Pedro Ximenez sherry. Does that count?

What is something that most people might be surprised to know about you? I would really, really love to be able to sing well. Mainly because I sing really, really poorly. I can tell from my husband’s reaction when I do it. Who knew that a human face could contort like that?

What’s the best part of your job? Travel and meeting new people is definitely a highlight. I’d be crazy if I didn’t love it! I’ve been fortunate enough to visit some incredible cities and countries and my job is to explore them. I’ll be forever grateful that my job has taken me there.

Would you like to write another book about? I think a cookbook would be good as I think readers expected my memoir to be a cookbook!

Read my review of ‘Not Quite Nigella’ here.

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