Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Love Music, Love Food - The Rock Star Cookbook




I love Singapore Noodles. But I didn't expect that crooner Tony Christie would like them too.

This is just one of the dishes in Love Music Love Food: The Rock Star Cookbook - published by Quadrille - which is published in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust. It's full of recipes (created by Sarah Muir) for dishes loved by musicians from Noel Gallagher to Paul Weller; Sophie Ellis-Bextor to Siouxsie Sioux.

As you'd expect, there are meals here that reflect a life of touring and being on the move. Marmite, baked beans and peanut butter seem to be loved by many busy rock stars, and Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy loves a toasted peanut butter and marmite sandwich, transformed for the book into Peanut Butter and Marmite French Toast. (I have got to try that). And then you get other more surprising dishes - Cliff Richard loves Chicken Tikka Masala, while Mick Hucknall feasts on Lobster Thermidor. Coco Sumner loves Eggy Soldiers while Sophie Ellis-Bextor prefers battered fish and chips with a gherkin. The book gives a fascinating and intimate glance at the food that has fuelled stars to create the music we all love.

Each recipe comes with an interview with the musician, revealing facts such as what food they grew up eating, why they like the foods they do and what they think of posh restaurants. 

But don't pass this off as a gimmicky, celebrity-style cookbook. There's a foreword by Heston Blumenthal, who says the book gives a "great insight into how we come to like certain foods and why dishes become important to us". What sets the book apart though, from being a normal 'cookbook' is of course the photography, by the award-winning Patrice de Villiers. It's sharp, witty and dramatic. From Paloma Faith mocked up as Botticelli's Venus, standing in a sea of paella to Tahita Bulmer of New Young Pony Club lying naked in a bath of Thai noodles, the photographs literally jump out at you from each page. 

As Heston says in his foreword, every day six teenagers or young adults are told they have cancer and the work of the Teenage Cancer Trust will help give them support and develop wards where they can be treated in the right atmosphere and surroundings suitable for them.

For more details about Love Music, Love Food, visit www.lovemusiclovefood.org. For details on the Teenage Cancer Trust visit their website. Love Music, Love Food is published 5th September 2011, by Quadrille.