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Digital Subscriptions > delicious. Magazine > October 2015 > “IF I’M ILL OR FEELING DOWN, MUM’S CHICKEN IS ALL I WANT”


For chef and author Sophie Michell, no fancy restaurant dish can match up to her mum’s simple but perfect roast chicken with killer gravy

Tastes like home

"My mother brought up my younger brother and me single-handedly, and we were a close-knit little team. Food was important and we always had a proper breakfast together and a sit-down, home-cooked evening meal – even when Mum got her record deal in the US (she’s a professional fautist). She was focused on where food came from, long before it was fashionable to be. She maintained that she could tell a mile off if someone fed her a battery-reared chicken and she’d refuse to eat it. My brother and I followed suit. We’d regularly have 6kg pots of raw honey, bags of coffee beans and tins of olive oil delivered to the house, which was quite unusual in the 1980s.

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Ottolenghi is back! Find his new recipes in our October issue, along with the best things to eat this autumn including Hugh F-W’s cheesy gratin, Atul Kochhar's home cooking and easy one-pot meals. There’s also a Mexican chilli cook-off, proper bao buns and a foolproof beef wellington. On the sweet side, get stuck into John Whaite's rich chocolate cake, a frangipane crumble and our ultimate biscuit collection – better put the kettle on…