Kim McCosker, co-author of the 4 Ingredients phenomenon, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

by |June 27, 2011

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Kim McCosker

co-author of the 4 Ingredients phenomenon

Ten Terrifying Questions


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

Hi, my name is Kim McCosker. I was born in Stanthorpe and raised there until moving to Mundubbera, Qld. I attended Star of the Sea Catholic High School on the Gold Coast, then completed a degree in International Finance at Griffith University. I then went on to train with MLC as a Financial Planner completing a Diploma in Financial Planning through Deakin University in 2000. In 2007 I wrote and co-created the best-selling cookbook series 4 Ingredients. This series of books aimed for busy parents have gone on to become the biggest selling cookbook series in Australia for the last ten years.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

It’s funny you should ask, my parents moved 2 years ago to the Sunshine Coast after 35 years in Mundubbera and in the same house. My Mum unearthed family treasures she didn’t even know existed! One of them was my Grade 8 Social Studies Book in which, at 13, I had written I want to be a lawyer, a fashion designer or an author!

But it was my exceptionally honed skill at ‘spending’ that drew me to Finance. I completed a degree in International Finance at Griffith University in 1998 and threw myself into learning how to earn and compound.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

That 40 is old!!!!

4. What were three big events – in the family circle or on the world stage or in your reading life, for example – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced you in your career path?

I have read my entire life. I love to read. My Mum gave me a sculpture of the bust of a little girl with her hand on her chin, and her head in a book … She said it reminded her of me as a youngster.

I was 16 when I read Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A Woman of Substance … I read her book and I was that “Woman with Substance!” It transported me and that’s what a good story should do.

5. Considering the innumerable electronic media avenues open to you – blogs, online newspapers, TV, radio, etc – why have you chosen to write a book? aren’t they obsolete?

My Dad and I were just talking about this! For him a physical book is preferred and to be honest for me too. Because I work so much at my computer when I go to bed at night and want to read I don’t find it relaxing doing so using my iPad … I find comfort in holding a good story book, physically turning the pages to find out what’s within. I like nothing more than snuggling up in bed with my boys and reading actual books to them. I think both mediums have a place and will do so for a very very long time.

6. Please tell us about your latest book…

There are 3;

4 Ingredients Kids – the most requested title in the series, watch out the Spaghetti cupcakes are going to become an Aussie Staple! July 2011

Baby Bowl – the new baby bible. It is a collection of simple, nutritious baby recipes and wisdom sourced from loving Mothers and Grandmothers to share with everyone. September 2011

4 Ingredients Christmas – will be the easiest Christmas cookbook you have ever owned. It will be the first 4 Ingredients title with full colour pictures of all the festive recipes; modern and traditional. November 2011

7. If your work could change one thing in this world – what would it be?


8. Whom do you most admire and why?

My husband Glen. 3 years ago he walked away from a business he had built up over 12 years to become a stay at home Dad and (unbeknown to him) a research assistant to me … He is the best Dad I know, and our boys are soooo blessed to have him around on a daily basis (as am I).

9. Many people set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

To build a business that makes a positive difference in the lives of busy people.

To be the best wife and mum I can be.

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

Go for it … You never know where you will end up!

Kim, thank you for playing.

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About the Contributor

While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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