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The Help for Heroes Cook Book (what would you feed your hero?)
Compiled by Squadron Leader Jon Pullen and the Food for Heroes Team
I would usually start a review with a little information about the main ingredient or in the case of a book about the author. Well, this book is a bit special as it was created to make money for charity. Printed by Accent Press with a foreword by newsreader Kate Adie, the book contains a truly scrumptious selection of recipes from heroes both in the theatre of war and areas such as sport and television. Time and information was freely given to raise money for the charity Help for Heroes.
Here is the Help for Heroes Mission Statement (copied from their website):
"Our mission is to deliver an enduring national network of support for our wounded and their families. We will inspire and enable those who have made sacrifices on our behalf to achieve their full potential.
The war in Afghanistan may be nearly over, but for those who have suffered life-changing injuries, their battles are just beginning. We will not let them fight these battles alone."
Find out more here: http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/
Here's what a wounded soldier has to say about the charity: "Help for Heroes is a hugely significant organisation supporting our contemporary Armed Forces. The Charity has captured the public's imagination in terms of what can be achieved by wounded servicemen. Their work inspires and motivates, and can bring out the very best in people who strive to develop themselves and enhance their quality of life."
JAMIE HULLWOUNDED SOLDIER
Don't let the charitable status of the book put you off this is a useful all round cookbook and then some!
The book is comprehensively split into sections:
Starters and Soups; Snacks and Salads; Vegetarian; Seafood; Poultry; Pork; Lamb; Beef; Game & Sausages; Pudding and Baking.
Most of the selected recipe pages are split into four columns, so that as you open each double spread page, there are 2 columns on the left and two on the right. The left hand columns signify the person's own hero and the right hand ones are the recipe itself, these are interspersed with photos, mementoes and a colour photo of the dish. Useful information is given in an icon style with "difficulty Level" Preparation Time Cooking Time and Serves all given in a useful easy to spot red dot.
The recipes vary, but this is not just a cookery book (imagine Dervla Kirwan voiceover here) this is a coffee table book, a browsable book and even at the £14.99 (OK cut the Dervla now)! Full price it is a bargain, but it is available for much less (que Martin Lewis voiceover) This amazing book can be yours for just £0.01 used from Amazon at the time of writing or a whopping £101.95 new from the same internet platform. (cut Martin Lewis). Personally, I think I paid about £10.00 each for the two I bought as I kept one and gave one away as a gift.
Sample Recipes I have tried include:
Included Pot Roast Venison from Col Ian Blanks
Ewan McGregor's mum's Beef and Guinness Casserole
Lemon Tart from Colin Jackson
Cprl Hannah Simpsons' Vanilla Chocolate Brownies
All recipes I have tried have been easy to follow and lovely to eat.
The pages are interspersed with details of some military heroes and articles about things like the Nimrod.
An extremely well polished and put together book - no doubt with military precision. That should be in every UK home. The recipes are freely given, lovely and it is the sort of book you could lose a couple of hours just browsing through.
Would I recommend:
Well, what do you think? Yes, of course I would, I don't know if you can still buy it anywhere that benefits the charity? Although it would be nice to think if you buy a copy for 1p from Amazon plus £2.80 p&p that you could also bung a few quid in a Help for Heroes tin!
Thank you for reading my review that has hopefully brought this book back into your consciousness when considering buying a new cookery book or a gift for someone!
Oh and if you browse the Help for Heroes website there is an on-line shop with other items for sale!