The Cookdown releases recipe books from London chefs to help the homeless

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This is a good idea which, in turn, actually does good. During normal times, the charity StreetSmart would be raising funds for the homeless through donations added to the bill in restaurants. But while restaurants remain shut, they've had to diversify. 

The plan they've come up with is to get some of London's top chefs to create online recipe books - the sale of which will raise funds to help the homeless and vulnerable. 

Chef and restaurant owner Nicholas Balfe (the chap behind Salon, Levan and Larry's) has created Lockdown Kitchen - a collection of recipes that Balfe's been making at home with his family during the lockdown. Recipes include a simple sourdough, a Thai-style curry paste, a crowd-pleasing dahl and how to make home-cured salmon.

Angelo Sato, the chef-founder of Omoide and Yatai has come up with Mission Lockdown. His recipe book includes treats like the perfect katsu sando, aubergine katsu curry and a tuna chirashi sushi bowl. 

And, finally, vegan chef King Senathit (better known as King Cook of CookDaily) has created a book of 14 of his amazing vegan recipes including Pad Quaranthai, Lockdown banana bread and - crucially - how to make your own hemp milk.

CookDaily's Lockdown Larder costs £10. Nicholas Balfe's Lockdown Kitchen costs £9 and Mission Lockdown is currently a steal at £6.50. The majority of that sale price goes direct to StreetSmart.



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Find out more: Buy the books on Cookdown's website or follow StreetSmart on Instagram @streetsmartuk


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