Have you ever wondered what celebrities cook? Well here’s a taster:
David Cameron likes to cook an Italian pasta dish for Samantha and the children at No. 10; Simon Cowell cooks a mean cottage pie; and Gary Lineker’s a dab hand in the kitchen with making a lasagne. These and over 50 more recipes by high profile actors, singers, chefs, politicians and sports people can be found in a new cookery book in aid of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Sponsored by leading national estate agent Strutt & Parker, the book entitled Food with Heart, has some truly delicious recipes.Some are very indulgent; some are relaxed and some – thankfully are restrained! Who would have believed Russell Brand’s recipe would be the latter? His contribution to the book is a ‘green breakfast’ smoothie (ideal for bariatrics) and will certainly give you a great start to the day!
The book’s eye-catching cover featuring cherries was donated by kind permission of the celebrated British artist David Hockney and, inside, the recipes have been brought to life with drawings by distinctive illustrator Louise Morgan (well-known for her instantly-recognisable work for Waitrose). So not only a great cookery book but a coffee-table talking point too!
Strutt & Parker has covered all the costs of the book’s production and print so that every single penny raised from the book’s sales will go directly to the charity. The money will help fund an ambitious redevelopment programme, which will improve two-thirds of the hospital, providing state-of-the-art facilities to match the hospital’s world-class standards of care.
I’m working my way steadily through the recipes and have enjoyed Amanda Holden’s shortbread; Jack Whitehall’s bread and butter pudding and plan to serve Elizabeth Hurley’s decadent chocolate mousse when we next have a special dining occasion.
Food with Heart is available to buy at all Strutt & Parker’s 50 offices across the country. Alternatively, please visit www.struttandparker.com for more details. The minimum donation per book is £10.
Here’s a taster of what’s in store: