2 minutes with Belinda Jeffery
Occupation: Award-winning cookbook author of The Salad Book (plus 6 other cookbooks); cooking teacher
Lives: Northern Rivers, NSW
You have recently published your latest cookbook, The Salad Book, how do you start the creative process of writing a book?
Much of the inspiration for my books comes from visits to our wonderful local farmers markets. We live in a rural area and are so lucky to have 4 markets a week within 20 minutes of home! Just walking around the market each week and seeing what's in season is an absolute joy, and definitely gets the creative juices flowing.
What was your lightbulb moment that pushed you towards in career in the food world?
From when I was a little girl, I would say to my mum that when I grew up I wanted to be a "cooka in the kitchen"...so I suspect it has always been there!
If you weren't a cook, author and recipe writer, what do you think you would be?
I would have loved to have been an artisan book binder.
What ingredients are always in your kitchen?
Good olive oil, garlic, lemons, and chocolate...always chocolate.
Which women inspire you?
Oh my goodness, that's a hard one to answer as there are so many women doing extraordinary things. Marie Bashir, the ex-governor of NSW is one - her compassion, intelligence and kindness is truly inspiring. Another would be Michelle Obama - she has used her role as First Lady to help make positive changes for disadvantaged people in the community.
A dish that will be on your Christmas table this year?
Orange sweet potato salad with parsley, smoked paprika and macadamia pesto
Advice to your younger self?
Kindness is a very precious gift...not only to be kind to others, but kind to yourself.
You can follow Belinda on Instagram @belindajeffrey