New cookbook raises funds for Christian Aid and churches

|PIC1|Surrounded by fresh fish and tasty bread loaves, celebrity chef Kevin Woodford was today joined by Christian Aid director Dr Daleep Mukarji to help launch a unique cookbook.

Devised by insurer Congregational & General and featuring 70 delicious recipes, Loaves, fishes and more is a 128-page fundraising cookbook, which includes recipes submitted by church leaders and members of the public. Endorsed by Kevin Woodford, the cookbook contains a wide range of recipes from a traditional game pie to Spanish style fish stew and a delicious citrus tart.

Available now from independent booksellers and high street bookshops including Waterstones and Borders, it is the first publication of its kind involving some of the UK’s key church leaders. For every book sold a donation will be made to Christian Aid.

Included within the recipes submitted by nine church leaders were the Baptist Union of Great Britain’s succulent salmon with honey sauce, a wholesome ‘Bara Brith’ fruitcake supplied by The Presbyterian Church of Wales and The Church of England’s recipe for delicious ginger biscuits, provided by The Archbishop of Canterbury.

Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager at Congregational & General, said: “Like many companies we are often approached by church communities and charity groups to help with their fundraising initiatives. Loaves, fishes and more is a not-for-profit publication devised to help these groups generate funds, whilst making a donation to Christian Aid.

“We received a huge number of submissions and are grateful to Kevin Woodford for his time - which he has given freely - for providing some of his own recipes and making the final selections for the book, which we hope will appeal to all cookery enthusiasts.”

Woodford, who has appeared on a number of TV shows including Planet Cook, Ready Steady Cook and Songs of Praise, added: “Loaves fishes and more is a fantastic fundraising initiative and I have been delighted to lend my support during its production.

“The book contains an eclectic mix of dishes and it’s great that so many people took the time to share recipes with us. It is a collaboration of favourite family recipes brought together in an easy to follow cookbook and I am sure it will be very popular.”

Dr Daleep Mukarji, Director of Christian Aid, concluded: “Flawed global systems and structures - including those of trade, taxation and the responses to climate change - will result in more than a billion people going hungry this year.

“This book's central message of nourishment and sharing is made doubly pertinent by the support it will give to Christian Aid in our mission to overcome global poverty.”

Discounts are available to churches and charity groups wishing to sell Loaves, fishes and more for their own fundraising.

For more details, please visit or call 01274 700762.