Live Better
 
 

A minute with Matt Preston

Foodie king Matt Preston chats with us about summer, dinner parties and cooking inspiration

Top tips for dinner hosting success?

I reckon the three most important rules are

  1. plan;
  2. do something you’ve cooked before (which makes it easier to plan!);
  3. don’t stress – people come over to see you, not for the food!

Favourite meal of the day? 

A long, languid, lunch.

What dish embodies summer? 

Something crisp, fresh and acidic – the BBQ chicken thighs with sour slaw recipe in my new book is pretty close. It uses ingredients you don’t have to stress about sourcing and is quick and easy to make. It’s also very virtuous! The dill potato salad with smoked trout and a sour cream dressing or the smoked chicken salad with a salad of iceberg, seedless grapes and tarragon under a mild, slightly sour but lumpy blue cheese dressing are slightly more decadent expressions of summer for (and from) me!

What cuisine offers you the most foodie inspiration?

Every cuisine. In the new book there are dishes inspired by trips from everywhere from Thailand, Japan and India to Turkey, France, Italy and even the Glastonbury Music Festival! I also find the home cooking of Australia pretty darn inspiring.

Cook Book by Matt Preston is available now from Pan Macmillan.

Recommended Reading

Is the best diet in your genes?

Professor David Cameron-Smith explores future nutrition.

Read more

Chicken broth with wheat and spring vegetables recipe

Beautiful broad beans, peas and nutty wheat grain,

Read more

The power of resistant starch

Could the humble potato be our new superfood?

Read more

Protein salad with a punch recipe

A powerful, delicious salad to get you fuelled up..

Read more

Greens pie recipe

Get your greens fix with this scrumptious slice.

Read more

Lamb lollipops with yoghurt tzatziki dip recipe

An easy mid-week dinner the whole family will love.

Read more

The Mediterranean diet – fact or fad?

Professor Tim Crowe takes a closer look at the science.

Read more