SHE'S LEAVING HOME - Illustrations by MEREDITH GASTON

In her early twenties, Meredith lived above a fabulous antique shop in Summer Hill in Sydney run by the one and only Monica Trapaga. Filled to the brim with tasselled vintage lampshades, heavenly crockery, vases spilling roses over candelabras and fragrant Italian candles in every possible nook, ‘Reclaim’ was a treasure trove and for quite a while, it was also Meredith’s home. Monica and Meredith would sing up and down the stairs to each other, sharing ideas, recipes, crafts and arts.

In the midst of writing her wonderful book ‘She’s Leaving Home’ – a compilation of treasured family recipes for mothers to gift their daughters upon flying the nest – Monica asked if Meredith would create some illustrations to grace its pages. She said yes – of course! They spent more time sampling recipes than anything else (Monica’s fig and prune chocolate torte was sublime!) chatting away and drinking pot after pot of floral tea. The glorious result is a decadent, colourful and engaging book that takes its reader through Monica’s colourful family life and pantry and back into their very own kitchen to play!