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Cookbook Amnesty Roundup

As May draws to a close so does the chapter on this year’s Cookbook Amnesty at Beyond Food

Foundation. We raised a call for your help, to donate unwanted, or unused, cookbooks from across kitchens in the capital and we were staggered by the overwhelming response we received!

Hundreds of you helped to spread the word of our call to cookery arms and donated over 450 cookbooks, some personalised with messages of support for our apprentices, while others chose to snap themselves in a Cookbook selfie, posting it on social media with the hashtag #cookbookamnesty and #beyondfood.

We wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped to fill up the bookcase in the entrance of Brigade, our partner social enterprise restaurant (Tooley Street near London Bridge) with cookery books. With your help, our apprentices have already started using the cookbooks, learning new cooking skills and techniques that they can apply in the Beyond Food Kitchens.

Your support really is the extra ingredient needed for the future successes of Beyond Food, so we thought what better way to celebrate YOU, and all you do for us, than a round-up of all of your Cookbook Amnesty best bits, fun facts and figures.

1) The most popular cook book authors donated were: Cordon Bleu (6 books), Delia Smith (5 books), Elizabeth David (5 books), Gordon Ramsay (5 books), Jamie Oliver (4 books) and Sarah Brown (4 books).

2) Raymond Blanc, yes the REAL Raymond Blanc, met our chef trainer Leon and kindly donated one of his own cook books as well as posing for one of the ‘smiliest’ Cookbook selfies we have seen. Thanks Raymond!

3) Nigella Lawson and Rosie Birkett added some extra celebrity sparkle to our book shelves kindly donating books of their own, while Angela Hartnett and Nigel Slater also showed their support on social media, retweeting messages of support. Thanks guys!

4) We’re only one week in to June and already 4 of our current apprentices have started using your cookbooks, practising, prepping and preparing new recipes.

5) During the Cook Book Amnesty month we gained 500 new Facebook followers! It looks like the fan base of social conscious foodie followers is growing.