She has a new cookbook, heralded for its delicious gluten- and refined-sugar-free brownies, but it’s the back story of Justine Murphy’s recipe collection, The Mymuybueno Cookbook, that has the food world talking.
Speaking to me on this week’s Biting Talk podcast, the cookery teacher and former private chef reflects on how food and cooking have helped her to deal with a traumatic childhood.
As a child she was subjected to violence from both her parents. ‘I was locked in a room for a lot of my childhood,’ she says. ‘I was isolated and in the hands of the wrong people for a very long time.’
She blames eating disorders that she suffered from as a young adult on her traumatic past and adds, ‘food played a really negative part of my life.’
Today, however, she says she thrives by ‘chasing happiness. I changed my life, chose who I wanted in my life, and protected myself. Good people came into my life and from that came good food, and it ignited a passion for food and cooking.’
‘This book is a healing process,’ she says, adding that she’ll be happy if it ‘can help just one person.’
You can hear William Sitwell’s full interview with Justine Murphy on this week’s Biting Talk, via the audio player above. Also featured are legendary Italian chef Gennaro Contaldo sharing his love of parmesan, wine box entrepreneur Laura Riches, British cheese expert Francis Gimblett, and Biting Talk’s mixologist Farhad Heydari.