The Friday Five – cooking for charity


It surely won’t have escaped your notice that today is Children in Need day. You might have been busy knocking up cakes for cake sales, and if not then get ready for next year by stocking up at Lakeland now. There doesn’t appear to be a cookbook to support Children in Need this year, so here are five books out right now that support five very worthwhile charities.

Help for Heroes Cook Book


1. Food for Heroes – I’ve written about this before, and I make no apology about featuring this again, as the Food for Heroes Cookbook has it all. Great recipes, incredibly moving stories and raising money for a very worthwhile charity, Help for Heroes. With recipes from the chefs, celebrities and the heroes from the frontline, both today and in conflicts past, but not forgotten, you’ll find new stuff to cook. Even if you don’t, feel good about buying it.

2. The Caledonian Kitchen – a collection of recipes from around Scotland to help raise funds for Action Duchenne, the UK charity working towards finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Again, this is a collection of recipes from Scottish celebrities, chefs and regular Scots with great recipes to share, and supporting a cause that doesn’t get huge amounts of publicity.

3. Kili Cookbook – again, a cookbook to support a worthwhile charity that you don’t hear a lot about. Climb Your Mountain helps people who are suffering from depression, anxiety and stress. The charity recognises that exercise and the focus of achievement can make a real difference to how someone feels, so Climb Your Mountain offers a wide variety of activities and challenges along with support, training and motivation to help people climb their own personal mountain. These are family favourite recipes from Pené Morgan, who will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro next year in aid of the charity. All profits from this book go to Climb Your Mountain.

4. Think Pink’s Fantastic Recipes for a Fantastic Cause– Must be something about Scotland, they’re obviously very fond of their food, and they are very fond of their charity cookbooks. Funds from this book are going towards funding a laboratory at the new Translational Research Centre in Glasgow as part of the £10 million Beatson Pebble Appeal campaign. Quite an extensive book with 350 pages of great recipe favourites inspired by local people from family, friends, acquaintances, MSPs, athletes, chefs, TV personalities and celebrities, including Gordon Ramsay, Alex Salmond and Lorraine Kelly.

5. The Fairtrade Everyday Cookbook – this is an everyday cookbook showing how easy it is to buy, cook and eat Fairtrade foods. These recipes are combinations from winners of a national competition run by The Fairtrade Foundation and then recipes from celebrities, chefs and other notable figures. And for every cookbook sold, a portion of the cover price will be donated to Fairtrade. I have no idea what Marma Banana Crunchies are but they sound good to me!

So cook good stuff, and do good at the same time! And don’t forget to donate to Children in Need!


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Helen Tarver

Collector of great gifts and fabulous food, mum, cake baker & eater, wine opener. I write about food and the gift of it in its many forms.

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