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My Lockdown Cookbook-bookcover

By: Colin Skinner

My Lockdown Cookbook

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Want to learn to cook? Don’t know where or how to start? Try this!

I am not a professional chef. I am just a food lover who has learnt to cook good home-food! It’s taken me a while, perfecting each of these dishes to the point that they are repeatable. So, if I can cook these recipes, then so can you. You do not need a huge kitchen with endless cupboards full of stuff. Just a few essential things, like a pestle and mortar and a spice grinder, together they make most curries reasonably quick and easy to make; a selection of good sharp knives and a sharpener; a few metal oven trays, a few oven dishes, and a few pots and pans.


I have always enjoyed good food and was fortunate to work in a job that kept me fit. Home cooking has always been a normal everyday pleasure and even after a long days work I would happily come home and cook a stir fry for the family in 30 minutes. Not only did it help clear my mind, it also provided a healthy meal after a tough day.

When the pandemic struck, I was home like everyone else. So the radio was a constant companion during the long quiet days. Slowly, listening to talk shows, I realised how difficult it was for many families. How do we feed the family, every day, three times a day? The need to learn to cook became a serious one. Home cooked food is also healthy food, so to begin to learn has that added bonus too.

So, with encouragement from family and friends, I decided to write My Lockdown Cookbook hoping I might help just some of those families who wanted to learn but did not know how to. If I can help some people, in some small way, to begin to enjoy home cooked food, then I will be very happy. 

Colin Skinner was born in Norfolk in 1955. He moved to London to study aged 18 and then to Brighton aged 21.
In 1978, aged 23, Colin became a freelance sound recordist for BBC TV news and current affairs. In 1982 he moved to London and working for Diverse Production, a new independent production company set-up and contracted to supply the recently established Channel 4 with current affairs programming. In 1983 he moved to camerawork and by 1987 was a freelance lighting cameraman, working on primetime factual TV shows such as Channel 4’s The Media Show, the BBC’s Horizon and many more influential and popular programmes.
Brought up with home cooking, Colin learnt and enjoyed cooking for family and friends, and developed a love for varied cuisines experienced at home and abroad.

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