Melissa Hemsley is known for championing sustainable and feel-good food with minimal waste. She talks to Holly Louise Eells about how this ‘Eat Green’ ethos, passed down from her mother, has inspired her new cookbook
Holly Louise Eells

First things first, Melissa Hemsley is a dream. Why? Perhaps because she is a bestselling cookbook author, a food columnist, half of the Hemsley and Hemsley sister power duo and a food activist and sustainability champion, who is passionate about spreading the power of feel-good food and lifestyle. And that is just for starters!

Already this year, as one of the country’s top home cooks, she has released her fourth highly-anticipated, mouth-watering book, Eat Green. It’s a cookbook for everyone who wants to enjoy delicious, nutritious food, which is not only good for you, simple to make and affordable to cook every day, but also helps cut back on food waste in the kitchen.

In this super practical book Melissa shows you how. Every one of the 100-plus flexitarian recipes in Eat Green celebrates vegetables as the star ingredient and, where meat and fish are used, easy swaps are included so vegetarians can enjoy every recipe.

“I’ve wanted to write this book for a long time,” she says. “My mum was born in the Philippines and she and my army dad brought the family up on military bases so between them, one of the number one house rules was that food was always to be respected and never ever wasted!”


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March 2020