Sophie Hansen


Sophie was born and raised in Sydney, and lives with her family on their farm just outside of Orange in country New South Wales. Sophie trained in journalism and has over 20 years experience as a features writer. She has contributed to a number of online and digital publications and has been blogging at since 2013. She also teaches social media and content marketing to producers and small businesses via My Open Kitchen (podcast, e-course and workshops). And was awarded Australian Rural Woman of the Year (2016) in recognition of her commitment to rural communities. She believes in simple, tasty and seasonal food made with love and shared generously.

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About the book

A Basket by the Door is a seasonal collection of 130 recipes to cook for family and friends who might be needing a bit of love, nourishment and cheering up. Published by Murdoch Books, written and shot by Sophie Hansen it launches on April 1.

The very best way to help someone feel loved, understood and valued is to take the time to make them something nourishing and/or super tasty to eat. So this is a playbook of what to cook for all kinds of situations, 130 recipes collected season by season.

There’s a a basket of jewel-coloured summery smoothies, dips and crackers for a girlfriend or sister just home with a newborn, a deep, spicy gingerbread loaf to deliver (with a thermos of tea perhaps) for friend on the mend in the deep mid-winter, there’s a basket loaded up with (a pretty rad if I don’t say so myself) fennel ragu, wine and chocolate mousse to take to a sad friend’s house to eat with her or him on the couch, and there’s the very best ever chicken pie to take for a new neighbour or stressed friend. There are also recipes and menus for gatherings to comfort and celebrate. These recipes are full of love, compassion, generosity and care. This is food to nourish, bolster, cheer, commiserate and celebrate.

Cristy HoughtonSophie