The two Nickies spoke for an hour at Featherston’s Booktown event last week. Author Nicky Pellegrino chats with food writer Nicey Weeks about her new cookbook. .
“When I was making cooking videos during the curfew, many people asked me to write a recipe book. But I was more interested in writing a book about life in general, and I wanted to talk about what it’s like to have one’s recipe and live like one.”
This is where the title of the book comes from Quiet kitchenabout cooking for one person.
“When I think about recipes and recipe writing, I want to make sure people aren’t afraid of the ingredients,” Weeks says.
“If people are more likely to have the ingredients at home, they will make that recipe again and again.”
Vicks wants cooking to be easy.
“My recipes don’t require much skill. You just need to know how to chop, stir and bake.”
Encouraged by readers’ feedback, Wickes plans to release his next book.
“I want to write another book along the same lines of how we can live well, even with challenges like depression, divorce, and poor health. Good food can nourish and comfort us.”
The other Nicky, Nicky Pellegrino, also writes books that nourish and comfort in different ways. She has a series of novels based in Italy about food, friendship and love.
Pellegrino wrote his first book. Delicious, inspired by childhood memories of Italy, specifically her aunt’s cooking. Many other books followed.
“I didn’t expect to write 14 books in Italy,” Pellegrino said.
“What I didn’t understand was that if you write a book that’s successful, publishers want you to write the same thing.”
Pellegrino went back to Italy in August to explore more places and meet more people.
“I went to Puglia in southern Italy for research. It’s a great excuse to travel.”
His next book is set in a town called Ostuni in Puglia.
“Ostuni is a beautiful white town on a hill. I absolutely love it. I went for just one day and thought, ‘I have to come back here’.”
Back at Featherstone, over 70 book lovers were intrigued by Nicky’s hour-long conversation.
Jillian Jones attended to make sure copies were available Quiet kitchen It was hard to get into that bookstore.
“My daughter has a book that was given to her by a single female friend. My daughter loved the book and she bought it for another single female friend. I absolutely loved the book, so I’m interested in buying it,” Jones said. .
There was also an artisanal food fair with 18 stalls in the hall. It complemented the book’s dialogue perfectly.
“Most of the stallholders are local producers with a focus on food,” says Shara Hudson, co-organiser of Featherston Booktown.
“And we’ve got local booksellers, so it’s great to support local producers and showcase what’s here in the Wairarapa.”
Featherston resident Corinne Haynes bought several bowls from the Nidito Pottery stall.
“The good thing is that we have a lot of local crafts and artisan products, which allows people to see and do it,” she said.
Cookbooks, novels and handmade culinary gifts all gathered in Featherstone’s famous Anzac Hall for a successful day.
“Having an artisan food fair in conjunction with some of the events in Booktown is just perfect,” said Rupert Watson, a long-time Featherstone resident.
“Everyone in the community loves it. And it’s a great way to bring the community together. All these friends were coming in and catching up with people.”