Book review: Recipes for Heroes

25 February 2021 by

Once again, hospitality has shown its incredible generosity during this pandemic in producing another cookbook for a good cause. A total of 28 leading chefs, including the Little Chartroom's Roberta Hall-McCarron, Anna Haugh of Myrtle, Ikoyi chef Jeremy Chan and Edoardo Pellicano from Mãos, have contributed to this collection, with funds going to Hospitality for Heroes.

Founded by Oli Coles and Amelia Wix in March 2020, Hospitality for Heroes set out to ensure NHS workers across London received an ongoing supply of free, comforting and nutritious meals throughout one of the toughest periods hospitals have ever faced. Over the last 10 months, Hospitality for Heroes has distributed meals to 16 hospitals, as well as Age UK and NHS staff based at HMP Pentonville, delivering more than 10,000 meals a week at its peak.

Many of the chefs who have contributed to Recipes for Heroes have been involved with the non-profit's meal production.

Although aimed at the home cook, some dishes have come straight from restaurant menus, so if you're intrigued to know how Adam Handling cooks his John Dory or the secret to Harriet Mansell's kid goat dish on the menu at Robin Wylde, it's worth a look.

There is a broad range on offer, from Masaki Sugisaki's braised Tokyo turnip with white truffle miso from Dinings SW3, to a quick cassoulet from Toulouse Lautrec's Florent Regent; while ambul thiyal, contributed by K+K's Sanjaya Suranga, a dry, sour tuna dish made with pot tamarind, looks incredible.

Dessert recipes include apricot frangipane tart from Social Pantry's Alex Head and Pickled Fork event caterer Alex Motture's dark chocolate and sea salted tart with lime crème fraîche.

Whether you're after some inspiration from fellow chefs, want to flex your fine dining muscles or have simply fallen into a cooking rut, it's likely you'll find something to suit your purpose in this small but lovely collection.

Anyone who donates £10 will receive a copy of the ebook, while a donation of £35 will get you a limited edition hardback copy.

Recipes for Heroes, available for a £10 donation at www.hospitalityforheroes.com

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