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Charity Beder Launches Cookbook To Help Raise Awareness Around Mental Health

From Beder's Kitchen is a collection of recipes and reflections from amazing foodies around the world. More than a cook-book, it is also an initiative to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention, launched by the young charity, Beder.

Razzak Mirjan and his family set up Beder in honour of his younger brother, Beder Mirjan, who sadly took his own life at the age of 18 in 2017. The charity intends to increase understanding and reduce fear around the topics of mental health and suicide in order to overcome the stigma surrounding these incredibly important, yet underestimated, issues.

The book includes head and executive chefs at some of the UK's leading restaurants; MasterChef winners; TV chefs; food bloggers; nutritionists; best-selling authors; mental health advocates; and a Great British Bake Off winner. There are 90 contributors in all, who have donated recipes and shared their reflections, personal experiences and words of advice about looking after their mental health and how food has played a part in that. For many people, cooking or baking is a form of therapy, and creating something delicious to eat at home is a great way to look after ourselves and others.

Among those involved are Gordon Ramsay, world famous chef and TV personality; Yotam Ottolenghi, restaurateur, chef and best-selling author; Atul Kochhar, chef and TV regular; Carla Henriques, executive pastry chef at Hawksmoor; Michael Zee, author and creator of Symmetry Breakfast; Romy Gill, chef and TV regular; Judy Joo, host of Korean Food Made Simple; Joudie Kalla, author of Palestine on a Plate; Jack Blumenthal, chef and son of Heston; David Atherton, Great British Bake Off 2019 winner; Liz Earle, writer, TV presenter and author; and Miles Kirby, chef director at Caravan.

The recipes are divided into five chapters, each with a different theme: Start Your Day The Right Way; Happy Gut Happy Life; Fast Food (But Not As You Know It); Soul Food; and Sweet Treats. They include Smoothie Bowls by Tilly Ramsay; Roast Cauliflower with Coconut & Fermented Turmeric Mee Rebus by Daniel Watkins; Bourbon BBQ Turkey Tarragon Burger by Simon Wood; Prawn Moilee by Naved Nasir; and Olive Oil, Almond, Apricot & Tahini Cake by Irini Tzortzoglou.

From Beder’s Kitchen is a 224 page hardback and retails at £22. It will be available to purchase from Amazon, bookshops including Waterstones and online from


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