42 (daughter of Paul and Linda), has followed in her late mother’s
footsteps with the publication of a vegetarian cookbook. She lives in
London with her husband Simon and four sons. Here she shares her
treasures and inspirations
This picture of me and my dad, from
an anthology of my mum’s early photographs, was also used on the cover
of my dad’s first solo album. It’s a beautifully caught moment. Inside
the book is a dedication: ‘Love to my darling Mary, Mum xx’.
I have a collectionof about 20 glass
paperweights, which have always fascinated me. They look like sweets and
seem slightly magical. But they’re useful too; I put receipts and notes
When I became seriously interested in photography my mum lent me this Leica camera, and I
never gave it back. It’s a design classic that I still use. When I click the shutter or change the settings, I can imagine my mum doing
the same things, which gives me a physical connection to her.
I love this of me and mum
and our puppy Lucky, which my dad took in Scotland in 1971. It brings
back memories of growing up and it’s one of the happiest photographs of
us together. We used to go to Scotland each summer and it was where my
mum taught me to cook.
It may not be beautiful,
but this 20-year-old oven thermometer opened up the world of baking to
me, where success depends on accurate temperatures. At the moment, I’m into brownies and cupcakes.
I was allowed behind the scenes at the Royal Ballet to
photograph the grittier side of the ballet world. This ballerina at the
end of a performance looks magnificent, but the fact that her dress is
unhooked makes the picture for me.
My aunt gave me this box to keep my recipes in. It was the first thing I referred to when I started writing my cookbook.
This Lalique vase is a much-loved
Christmas present from family friends. I keep it in my bedroom and it
always has flowers in it – usually something bright and colourful such
as freesias or sweet peas. The glass, which is decorated with horses, is stunning.
Food by Mary McCartney
is published by Chatto & Windus, price £20 to order a copy for the
special price of £15, with free p&p, contact the YOU Bookshop, tel:
0843 382 1111, you-bookshop.co.uk