Sophie White’s first book, the critically acclaimed Recipes for a Nervous Breakdown (Gill 2016) was shortlisted for the BGE Irish Book Awards.
She has written a weekly column The Domestic for the Sunday Independent LIFE magazine for six years, she also writes regularly for the Sunday Independent, IMAGE magazine, IMAGE.ie, the Irish Independent and The Pool (UK) and has been nominated twice for Journalist of the Year at the Irish Magazine Awards. Visit here for latest writing. White has also dabbled in stand up and wrote the comedy sketch series Mums One-upping for HerFamily.ie (parenting focused sister site to Joe.ie and Her.ie). She also created the mini cooking series Recipes For Actual Real Life commissioned by RTE and transmitted exclusively on their online player. She is co-host of the chart-topping podcasts, Mother Of Pod (comedy) and The Spill (culture and commentary) by IMAGE.ie. She has a First Class Honours Degree in Scupture from NCAD.
Some people saying nice things:
White’s debut is “a genre-crossing gem that mixes memoir, recipes and rants. It’s not so much a breath of fresh air as a gale-force wind that will force a new conversation on a range of semi-taboo topics: the ambiguities of motherhood, her own drug-induced mental illness, having a parent with Alzheimer’s disease.” (Irish Examiner)
“Sophie White speaks with startling honesty. And she’s funny. Very funny. She brings both of those fine qualities to her book.” (Irish Examiner)
“I love Sophie White’s writing, she’s something pretty special. How many other writers combine compassion, love, humour, pathos… as beautifully as this?!” (Maia Dunphy)
“Fact: Sophie White is a remarkably astute and perceptive woman and a fabulous writer.” (Stefanie Preissner)
“A book that is both beautifully honest and simply delicious.” (Graham Norton via Twitter but f*ck you, it counts!)
Recipes For A Nervous Breakdown
Highly original cookery debut cum memoir capturing the voice of the millennial generation
From a foray into madness as a result of dabbling in recreational drugs to surviving her mother and her son - her arch nemeses and her two favourite people in the whole wide world, from meeting and falling in love with Himself and contemplating running away from it all on the eve of her wedding, to losing her father in his fifties to early onset Alzheimer's disease - and eating, always eating: Sophie White’s food philosophy is firmly based in the real world where hearts get broken, cake gets eaten and food has a role to play in almost every occasion.
Refreshingly honest and hilariously observed, Recipes for a Nervous Breakdown captures the challenges faced by the modern millennial woman with a recipe to accompany every life landmark. Including dishes such as a Fried Peanut Butter Sandwich, Fried Chicken and Deep Fried Mars Bar, it it is also a refreshing departure from the hordes of healthy eating cookbooks that have appeared in recent years.