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Royal British Legion Centenary Cookbook

Cooking with Heroes


It has been such a pleasure to be involved with this book alongside Great Chefs – James Martin , Melissa Hemsley, Paul Ainsworth , Rick Stein, Jamie Oliver , Paul Gayler , Sophie Thompson, the Hairy Bikers and of course Cyrus Todiwala with Great Military Chefs currently serving the in our armed forces


Not just fantastic recipes from old to new but each recipe is paired alongside astonishing tales of bravery, determination and sacrifice as we celebrate 100 astonishing Military Heroes and Heroines in The Royal British Legion’s 100th year


My Nan sadly passed away a few months before her 107th Birthday last year and when I was brought up in Broughty Ferry with her  – she taught me how to cook – one recipe dates back to the mid 1850’s but what did I cook ? – you will have to click on this link to  buy the book to find out.

The Royal British Legion, in partnership with St James’s House publishing, has launched a high-end cookbook celebrating a centenary of service to the Armed Forces community and their families. 

The book, Cooking With Heroes, represents 100 regions around the world in which the RBL has had a presence. With recipes from Antrim to Australia and Glasgow to the Gambia, each regional recipe is accompanied by the story of a local hero – a service man or woman or a civilian volunteer – whose contribution to others will be remembered forever.

The beautifully illustrated book includes contributions from celebrity chefs including Rick Stein, Jamie Oliver, The Hairy Bikers, Melissa Hemsley and Cyrus Todiwala. Most of the recipes, however, have been written by a passionate team of service and ex-service personnel.

Author, Squadron Leader Jon Pullen (retired), says: 

“Having spent 36 years in the Armed Forces, I’ve seen first-hand the amazing work the Royal British Legion does for members of the military community and their families. Cooking With Heroes is much more than a cookbook. With help from more than 150 serving and veteran military personnel, we have created a book which tells the story of courage and heroism from across the UK and the Commonwealth. It feels fitting that so many individuals from the military family have come together to mark the centenary of the RBL, a charity that, in its 100th year, continues to support, commemorate and celebrate our Armed Forces community.”

TV chef, Cyrus Todiwala OBE, says:

“I’m delighted to have contributed a recipe to Cooking With Heroes, and feel especially proud that the book will be raising vital funds for the Royal British Legion. The book features recipes from 100 regions around the world, and my recipe celebrates a hero from India who received a Victoria Cross after the First World War.”

Ben France, Head of Corporate Partnerships at the Royal British Legion, says: 

“The Royal British Legion is excited to be working in partnership with St James’s House on this new project, which is a wonderful way to celebrate our community in this Centenary year. The donations raised from Cooking With Heroes will be used to provide life-long support to serving and ex-serving members of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependents through hardships, injuries and bereavements in the years to come.”

The Royal British Legion was formed in the aftermath of the First World War to fight for the rights of those who had given so much and come back to so little. This year, 100 years on, the charity continues to stand with the Armed Forces community and their families. The RBL remains dedicated to its mission of creating better futures for all the Armed Forces community and maintaining its legacy for the generations to come.

Cooking With Heroes costs just £19.95, with £5 from each sale going towards The RBL’s lifechanging work supporting those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces and their families.

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