Knowing how to look after ourselves deserves to be counted as one of the great arts of life: for much of our adulthoods, there is simply no one else to do the task for us. We have to calm ourselves down, ensure we are getting enough sleep, regulate our excitements, reflate our self-esteem, lend our hopes encouragement and pick ourselves up after yet another defeat.

Food plays a vital role in self nurture. In recent times, our society has been eager to recruit food to the project of physical health, but we’ve not paid much attention to how cooking and eating can assist us with the project of emotional intelligence and psychological well-being. As well as providing nourishment, particular dishes can be supporters of certain ideas, emotions and states of mind that best help us confront the challenges of existence.

Inspired by our newest book, 'Thinking & Eating: Recipes to Nourish & Inspire', we’ve created a brief questionnaire to help ascertain your mood and provide a recipe for the perfect dish to pair it with.


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When you’re feeling stressed out and anxious, what is your most persistent worry?

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On days when you’re feeling tired and drained, what is the likely culprit?

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When you’re feeling low, what might help you cope?

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Had you the courage to simply pack it in and escape your responsibilities for a few days, where would you most like to go?

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What’s your favourite time of year?

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If you were granted one wish, what would you wish for?

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Of the following cuisines, which do you find most appealing?

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Complete the sentence: “I want my meal to help me feel...”

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