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A passionate home cook, Rebecca Sullivan has worked with some of the most interesting food producers, launching the Real Food Festival in London and the Slow Food Nation in San Francisco,

Rebecca co-presents Channel 10's cooking show Love to Share, and appears regularly on the Morning Show on Channel 9 and at food festivals and shows around the country.

Rebecca is the popular face of the 'granny skills' movement - a group  of women who share and preserve these traditions by collecting and passing them on. Like Grandma Used to Make is Rebecca's first book. It is published by Pan Macmillan, released on April 1 2013.

Why do you feel the need to pass on traditions preserved by our grandmothers?

What do we have if not traditions? We would have no skills or basis for where we came from. Stories are a huge part of tradition and life would be so dull without them, wouldn't it? Who better to tell us stories than the women in our lives whom have lived through so much change.

How did you go about collecting recipes from grandmothers all over the world?

I have been lucky enough to live in many countries and travel to even more. I felt instantly drawn to the elders in those places and my natural inquisitive nature always seems to kick in so it happened quite naturally for me

You have travelled a great deal. What have been some of the highlights for you?

Gosh so many stories. But it would have to be living in Uganda for 3+ months. I worked for engineers without borders on an inaugural coffee project. My work enabled me to interview many elders but the trip taught me so much about life. I lived with no power, water or proper toilet and with little food to what I was used too. I felt at peace there. The people are so gracious and appreciative. Unconsumed by materials. It puts things into perspective.

We love the phrase ‘granny skills’ movement. Do you see yourself at the forefront of this movement?

Well I guess I have founded the movement per se but I have not reinvented the wheel in any way by any means. Every granny out there is at the forefront. They are the inspiration, the story tellers, the teachers. I am simply leading what I hope will be a huge grass roots change amongst us all.

What do you hope readers take away from your book?

The inspiration to find their very own inner granny. To reconnect with their grannies. to use their gut intuition and cook with their hearts.

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