In the midst of grief, food can often be the furthest thing from our minds. But for Olivia Potts, it was a humble banana cake that lifted her spirits in the days after her mother’s death. Returning to London after the funeral, the then-24-year-old barrister was eating a lunch of leftovers on the train when she realized the comfort that food can bring in times of turmoil. In the weeks that followed, she took up cooking for the first time, This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Food Issue 40 Chow Mein & Jello An ode to the buffet. Food Issue 35 Modern Fancy The humble origins of high-end food. Food Sanchez A taste of Mexico in Denmark. Food City Guide Chulwha From nature to table—via the grill: A new private dining experience in Seoul. Food Issue 29 Pep Talk Does pepper deserve its seat at the table? Food Issue 27 In Praise of Butter Spreading some love for saturated fat.