Minnie Driver: ‘I had a pig I loved, which put me off bacon’

My favourite comfort food is a giant bowl of cereal with raspberries and honey. But when I have a hangover my perfect dish is fried eggs on toast.

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My mother died of cancer last year. When she came out of hospital for the last time, all she wanted was a proper Sunday lunch, roast beef. We realised we hadn’t made this for many years and there was something about the necessity of not just cooking the meal she wanted, but making it the most delicious version possible. It felt incredibly steadying, cooking when you’re in this terrifying moment of your life. So galvanising, and it really was the most perfect lunch. None of us realised it was to be her last, which was just as well as it was the purest celebration.

Food is the most comforting thing you can offer someone, and be offered, in times of extreme sadness. It’s why when someone dies, everybody brings food. It’s how we show love.

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My last supper would be a picnic on the beach with everyone I love. Fresh sardines and mackerel off the barbecue, tomatoes from the garden, homemade bread, salty butter, hard-boiled eggs, fruit salad and a giant Victoria sponge.

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Managing Expectations by Minnie Driver is published by Manilla Press, price £20 (also available as an eBook and on audio). To order a copy for £17.10 until 29 May, go to mailshop.co.uk/books or call 020 3176 2937. Free p&p on orders over £20.

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