Since the moment she was born, Nadiya Hussain has taken on many different identities assigned to her by her gender, culture, society and religion. From daughter to wife, mother to celebrity baker, this very personal book documents her experiences of the roles that have moulded her life to date.
'A national treasure' Independent
'She's baked her way into our hearts and hasn't stopped since' Prima
Funny, heart-wrenching, generous and true: Nadiya shares her unforgettable memories and experiences that have shaped her roles in life and made her the woman she is today.
'I am writing this for everyone who was told no: no, you are not rich enough; no, that is not credible; no you can't; no, you won't; no, you are not allowed; no, that is not appropriate. I was told, "No, you do not belong." Finally, I am saying, "Yes I do."'
Born to parents who emigrated from Bangladesh to Britain, Nadiya Hussain's first roles were those of daughter and sister. Considering her later identities as a devout Muslim entering an arranged marriage and becoming a wife and mother herself, Nadiya questions the barriers that many women, no matter who they are or where they live, have to cross in order to be accepted or heard. Importantly, she shows us how, at the core of it all, we are essentially tackling the same issues throughout our lives despite our cultural, social and religious differences.
In this wise, witty, open-hearted book, Nadiya lets us into her life with characteristic honestly, vulnerability and self-deprecating humour. Peppered with the poetry she has written since childhood, spiced with her most personal recipes and the stories they tell, she reminds us that love carries us through all that is good and bad in life. Nadiya Hussain has found her voice and it is uniquely, brilliantly hers.
'We all have a voice. Yours might be loud and strong, or quiet yet insistent. I have always tried to use mine for the right reasons.'
DAUGHTER | SISTER | GRANDDAUGHTER | WIFE | DAUGHTER-IN-LAW | MA | EARNER | COOK | USERNAME | WOMAN
Never again will she say she can't. Nadiya can and she will. Nadiya Hussain's delicious bakes and desserts, captivating smile and sparkling personality made her a hugely popular winner of 2015's Great British Bake Off.
Her first children's book, Nadiya's Bake Me a Story, hit the bestseller charts in 2016, and was shortlisted for a British Book Award. The follow-up, Bake Me a Festive Story, is out now. She has also published cookbooks for adults and novels, and has three television series to her name, The Chronicles of Nadiya, Nadiya's British Food Adventure and The Big Family Cooking Showdown. Having suffered with panic disorder herself for as long as she can remember, Nadiya wrote her first picture book, My Monster and Me, to help give children and parents the tools they need to talk about worries and anxiety.
Nadiya's family is originally from Bangladesh, where desserts aren't a feature of mealtimes. But, encouraged by a school home economics teacher, Nadiya honed her skills as a baker over ten years and produces fabulous bakes and desserts every day. She also loves to write, having won a National Poetry competition as a child.
Nadiya lives with her husband, Abdal and is mum to three gorgeous children.