'Enjoy cooking, you'll be doing it all your lives': The Great British Bake Off's Mary Berry encourages young wives to start on their culinary skills
23:05 GMT, 21 August 2012
23:05 GMT, 21 August 2012
Wise words: Mary Berry is encouraging young wives to enjoy cooking
She is a domestic goddess whose idea of home making really does hark back to a golden age.
After calling for families to unite at the dinner table, Mary Berry now advises 'young wives' to love cooking.
While many modern brides are only too happy to share kitchen duties with their husbands, the star of The Great British Bake Off made it clear that women should accept that they will spend their whole lives slaving over a hot stove.
However, Mrs Berry's comments are bound to go down as well as a hard scone with many hard-working women.
The esteemed cookery writer, 77, spoke out about her daughter, Annabel Bosher, 40, saying: 'She does love cooking. Isn't that lucky for a young wife and mother
'You're going to be doing it your whole life, so you might as well enjoy it.'
Known for her calm manner and straightforward approach to cookery, Mrs Berry is certainly well placed to dispense advice to wives who struggle in the kitchen.
With 70 cookbooks to her name, she is a judge on the BBC's Great British Bake Off, which returned for a third series with 3.3 million viewers last week.
Alongside her daughter, she runs Mary Berry and Daughter, which sells salad dressings and cake mixes.
Mother-of-three Mrs Bosher – herself a Cordon Bleu trained chef – praised her famous mother for helping teach her to cook.
She told Yours magazine: 'Mum instilled in me a work ethic which is there to this day.
'When I was as young as five, I remember accompanying her to demonstrations and helping with little jobs like grating the cheese.'
Meanwhile, Mrs Berry spoke of her pride at being asked to bake her daughter's wedding cake when she married in 2002.
She said: 'One of my proudest moments was making Annabel's wedding cake. I was thrilled that she asked me to do it – and very nervous, of course.
'But it was a fantastic day, and the cake was very well received.'
The grandmother-of-five has made no secret of her traditionalist approach to family life.
Last week, she urged parents to eat with their children at mealtimes.
She said: 'We are now going back to home cooking, particularly in this recession, and I am encouraging it. I'd like to see more sitting around the table at least once or twice a week.
Family values: The Great British Bake Off star insists women will have to cook for the rest of their lives so they should learn to enjoy and improve their culinary skills
'It can be the only time you get together with your family. By the time children have had their meal, even the monosyllabic ones will want to chat.'
In the past, Mrs Berry has admitted she 'spoils' her 80-year-old husband Paul, a retired bookseller, by doing all the work in the kitchen.
The pair married in 1966, the same year she published her first cookbook.
Last year, she said: 'I love him even more now than I did when I married him. Paul and I never shout at each other.
'To argue with my husband upsets me so much that it's not worth it. I know I spoil him rotten.
'My sister-in-law once visited while I was away working; she asked for a cup of tea and Paul didn't know where the tea was or how to make it.
'It's my fault because I've never encouraged him.'
As well as daughter Annabel, Mrs Berry has a son, Tom, 44.
The family was hit by tragedy in 1989 when her middle son William, then 19, was killed in a car accident on his way home to the family home in Buckinghamshire.
Mrs Bosher lives in Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire, with her husband Dan and their children Louis, seven, Hobie, five, and Atalanta, one.