FOOD & DRINK

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H ello, lovely read­ers. This week is a bit spe­cial — I’m shar­ing a load of de­li­cious recipes with you to mark the sec­ond Food Rev­o­lu­tion Day on Fri­day 17 May. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s all about cel­e­brat­ing real food, cook­ing from scratch and shar­ing your culi­nary skills. Know­ing what we eat, where food comes from and how it af­fects our bod­ies has never been more im­por­tant, so we’re try­ing to get as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble think­ing about food and learn­ing how sim­ple and cheap it can be to cook great meals for them­selves.

Whether you’re a novice or a more ex­pe­ri­enced cook, you can join in Food Rev­o­lu­tion Day sim­ply by cook­ing a meal for your fam­ily, try­ing a new recipe, or teach­ing some­one how to cook a much-loved dish. The sim­ple, healthy and su­per-tasty recipes on th­ese pages this week and next will help you do that. You can also share your recipes with peo­ple from all over the world — and try theirs — by go­ing to foodrev­o­lu­tion­day.com/recipes.

I was blown away by the suc­cess of Food Rev­o­lu­tion Day last year — we had more than 1,000 events in 664 cities across 62 coun­tries — rang­ing from a bar­be­cue on a Lon­don pub roof to a farm­ers’ mar­ket feast in New York — and I want us to beat that this year. There are all sorts of fan­tas­tic things go­ing on, from lasagne lessons to com­mu­nity food swaps, where peo­ple bring along dishes to ex­change.

Get on­line at foodrev­o­lu­tion­day.com to see what’s hap­pen­ing near you, or if you want to host an event your­self. If you hap­pen to be vis­it­ing Lon­don, join me and the gang at our Food Rev­o­lu­tion Day street party from noon out­side my Fif­teen restau­rant in Hox­ton. There’ll be stalls, cook­ing classes, demos by chefs (in­clud­ing yours truly) and a few celebrity sur­prises — it’s go­ing to be a day to re­mem­ber. Get in­volved and help us keep cook­ing skills alive!

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