PAUL HARTLEY is the author of seven previous cookbooks, including The Marmite Cookbook, which has sold more than 100,000 copies. He is a food writer and radio host, and is a former restaurateur. He lives near Bath, England.
THE AUTHOR SCOOP
What was the hardest thing about writing a book? Getting started, I love collecting the ideas and recipes, researching the history, and then comes the day it needs writing down in some kind of order—that’s the hardest.What food could you not live without? Onion, god how I love onions.Do you have any unusual or special family traditions? The first Sunday in December, the head of the family hosts an Advent Tea. All the family members HAVE to attend, it’s Christmas food, readings, songs, and is unmissable.What do you like to make by hand? Mayonnaise. Flavored with fresh garden herbsWhat's the best way to spend a rainy Saturday morning? Having brunch with friends, espresso, cognac and eggs Benedict – just heaven.If you were an animal, what would it be? A Labrador. They say it’s a dog’s life so bring it on. My Labrador eats like a gourmet, gets pampered by pretty girls that call by the kitchen and taken for long country walks – definitely a dog.What did you want to be when you grew up? A classic motorcar auctioneer – I have owned over 100 classic cars from Bentleys to Cadillacs, Jaguars to Citroens.