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Travelling, TV cookery shows, cook books and restaurants showcasing countless cuisines from around the world mean that most of us have access to exotic flavours, interesting ingredients and top class cooking. Despite all this, the food which we find most comforting to eat, which makes us think of home and brings back wonderful memories is usually the food from our childhood. Celebrity musicians are no exception.

In Love Music Love Food: The Rock Star Cookbook, there are contributions from more than 60 artists; Tony Christie, the Sugababes, Siouxsie Sioux, The Feeling and Noel Gallagher to name a few. In interviews with Andrew Harrison, a music and pop culture journalist, they share with us a slice of their past, thoughts on the food they ate as they were growing up, the bars, coffee houses and restaurants which influenced their early careers, the dishes they enjoy most whilst travelling and the homely food favourites they long for whilst on tour. 

These anecdotes are transformed into a range of simple, extravagant, traditional and indulgent, recipes from fish and chips to frozen mixed vegetables, jaffa cakes (jaffa cake semifreddo anyone?!) to jerk chicken, pancakes to paella, sushi to sausages. The recipes are from Sarah Muir who has travelled the world cooking for musicians and bands, including Radiohead, The Prodigy and Bob Dylan, for over twenty years and knows just how to keep them and their crews happy. 

The interviews and recipes are brought to life by the striking works of photographic art from Patrice de Villiers in which the food, artists, their instruments, lifestyles and environs are captured in sometimes shocking, unexpected or humorous, but generally thought-provoking, ways. 

Patrice also devised the concept for Love Music Love Food. The story behind the project is wonderful and heartfelt. It’s a celebration of life aimed at raising funds and awareness for teenagers diagnosed with cancer who want a chance to live a happy and fulfilling life for as long as possible. 

It’s what the Teenage Cancer Trust offers them and by buying the book you can help contribute to the incredible work they do. In return you’ll receive this massive book, a fabulous publication featuring an all-star cast of artists who have supported the charity, the production of which wouldn’t have been possible without the input, hard work and dedication of a huge number of crew members, management teams, PR companies and services which are all listed and thanked in the book.

Mum’s roast dinner cooked to the tune of the Archers, grandma’s chicken casserole dished up with a healthy portion of rock and roll, or music to your ears: dad’s macaroni cheese. What’s your favourite food and music memory? What dishes shaped your food journey?

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