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Rosedale Funeral Home in Diss releases 'Cooking For One' recipe book to help people struggling with bereavement

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A Diss funeral home has launched a new book to help people rediscover the joys of cooking and deal with bereavement.

Next month, Rosedale Funeral Home, in Victoria Road, will release Cooking For One, a cookery book featuring dishes aimed at solo diners who have recently lost a loved one.

Rosedale co-owner Simon Beckett-Allen was inspired to create the book after losing his sister, Sarah, who herself was a chef.

All proceeds from Mr Beckett-Allen's book will go to charity. Picture: Mark Bullimore.
All proceeds from Mr Beckett-Allen's book will go to charity. Picture: Mark Bullimore.

The 59-year-old said that he wanted to draw on his own experiences to help others.

“I have always found cooking to be very therapeutic, especially when I am on my own,” said Mr Beckett-Allen, whose sister died suddenly at the age of 49.

“As well as a wide range of recipes to prepare and dishes to enjoy, the book also has stories from a few people explaining the journeys they have gone through, which can provide advice and comfort, too.

“After a bereavement, people can lose the enthusiasm to cook for themselves, and I really hope this book will help with that.”

The book features a wide range of recipes mixing simple dishes for those who may not be used to finding their way around a kitchen, as well as entries from a range of people who have all lost a loved one.

Contributors include Norfolk-based actress Liza Goddard, Timpson retail boss John Timpson and Norwich-based popular chef Richard Hughes, who is well-known for the city’s Assembly House and cookery school.

As well as highlighting the meals that are important to them, contributors also share poignant memories of their loved ones.

Mr Beckett-Allen said: “Cooking For One contains no platitudes about what a great healer time can be.

“It is a candid account of the raw pain and utter loneliness that grief can bring about.

“As well as containing delicious recipes, it aims to serve as a personal handbook designed to help navigate the personal pathway of grief.”

Proceeds from the book will go to charity Cruse Bereavement Care. To find out more, click here.

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