London - She makes no secret of her traditionalist approach to family life.

And now cookery writer Mary Berry has said that young wives may as well learn to love slaving away over a hot stove as they will be doing it for the rest of their lives.

Discussing her daughter, Annabel Bosher, in an interview with Yours magazine, the 77-year-old star of BBC2’s The Great British Bake Off said: ‘”he 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.”

Mother-of-three Mrs Bosher – herself a Cordon Bleu-trained chef who helps her mother to run Mary Berry and Daughter, which sells salad dressings and cake mixes – told the 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.”

Mrs Berry also 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.”

Last year, Mrs Berry admitted she “spoils” her husband of 46 years, retired bookseller Paul, by doing all the work in the kitchen.

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.”

Last week, Mrs Berry urged families to wind back the clock and have mealtimes together, explaining: “I’d like to see more sitting around the table at least once or twice a week.

“It can be the only time you get together with your family.” - Daily Mail