Mary McCartney, daughter of Paul and Linda McCartney, released herself in the world of culinary arts with “Food’ by Mary McCartney “, a cookbook of vegetarian dishes, with which she continues the legacy of her mother.
Being the eldest daughter of one of the hottest couples of all time, Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman, Mary, 43, recognized that carry out a vegetarian cookbook was a challenge at several levels, beginning with her own memory.
“The book made me write them (recipes) and thus conserve them,” says Linda while admitting that she never writes her recipes.
Known for her great simplicity and warmth, this professional photographer and cook by vocation, inherited the culinary qualities of her mother, Lady Linda Eastman, unconditional partner until the last days of her life, of the most representative musician in history: Sir Paul McCartney.
“(…) I cook from memory, something that exasperates my husband, who fears that one day I will forget how to do the dishes my family loves.”
This first book was published in Spanish by Editorial Grijalbo, and includes a wide range of simple breakfasts, brunches, entrees and desserts that were part of the daily life of the McCartney family.
“Food’ by Mary McCartney” is characterized by the speed in which the dishes can be cooked and their intense flavor. And what Mary is looking for is to bring different alternatives to vegetarians and non-vegetarians who seek new ideas and quick solutions.
“It’s interesting because this issue has brought to light my main concerns about meat as a vegetarian,” says Mary on the scandal of horsemeat detected in containers labeled as beef.
It is said that from all the children of the McCartney Eastman marriage, Mary is the most alike to her mother, both physically and in their virtues. Besides being a musical composer and activist for animal rights, Linda was also a professional photographer, wrote several cookbooks and founded “Linda McCartney’s Foods Company,” a vegetarian cooking company that was very successful in the United States and the UK. That’s why the book of Mary broadly coincides with the campaign of her mother “LoveLinda”.
“It has been a coincidence, but I think it’s a good thing, because both, the book and the campaign have good energy and work well together as two sides of the same coin,” said the author.
Mary emphasizes that from her mother, who died in 1998 of cancer, she inherited the same customs like the dislike to cook alone; that’s why she involves the entire family in the cooking process and, through this way, she transmits them all the vegetarian recipes.
“It’s about education, having grown up in a vegetarian family.I think that in the 70s and 80s, when I was a child, it was much more difficult to take such a diet, there are now many more options and ingredients and the stigma have gone” says the daughter of former Beatle.