There’s No Taste Like Home ~ My Cookbook ~ by John Patridge. Guest review by Lorraine Gallagher. #TheresNoTasteLikeHome #Review #CookBook

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There’s No Taste Like Home tells the remarkable story of John’s life in food and his emotional journey of grief and recovery through cooking, with every dish inspired by a personal memory, and each punctuated with stunning photography. It is cookbook with real difference and emotion – born out of his winning MasterChef menu that was inspired by his mother who he had recently lost to Alzheimer’s.

During the year leading up the MasterChef final John learnt to reconnect with his past, to grieve and to heal through cooking. There’s No Taste Like Home is a collection of heart-warming, fuss-free and budget-conscious recipes that each promise to deliver a simultaneous sense of nostalgia and comfort. From easy Breakfast Doughnuts to fun Fish & Chip Tacos to a showstopping Black Forest Gateaux there really is something to satisfy every palette and suit all occasions no matter your skillset or budget.

John has created this wonderful collection of recipes, drawing on all his favourite memories of food, menus and cooking, adding his own unique and creative twist to each dish.

Review

Today I am incredibly lucky to welcome the wonderful Lorraine Gallagher, friend, incredibly gifted cook and baker to booksaremycwtches to review John Partridge’s cookbook There’s No Taste Like Home.  
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There’s No Taste Like Home is the first cookbook by star of stage and screen, the West End legend and lovely man that is John Partridge, who was also the very worthy winner of Celebrity Masterchef 2018.   This is a gorgeous book, full of recipes that look so tempting and easy to follow that the only challenge is deciding which one to try next.
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This is not just a cookbook though, before you even get to the recipes read Radcliffe Lad on the Foreward page and you will get  a taste of what’s to come.  John shares with us stories, sometimes sad and thought-provoking, but very often with a big dollop of humour, of his childhood growing up in Radcliffe near Manchester,  family mealtimes with his mum who really didn’t like cooking, his dad who introduced him to the old MGM movies and made him his first pair of tap shoes, and his big sister who is a whizz in the kitchen. He recalls moving away from home at a very young age to the Royal Ballet School, meeting his husband Jon and future in-laws, his mum’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s, and his many successes, failures and struggles with addiction, all told with impressive honesty, and how cooking the food from his past helped him to handle grief, sobriety and accept that he is indeed good enough, just for being him.
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There’s a vast range of recipes here that take you through Breakfast, Lunch, Tea or Dinner, Holiday Snaps, For Fancy, Afters and Pantry, there really is something for everyone to try whether you prefer sweet, savoury, snacks or full-blown banquets.  I’ve had massive success with the famous Cheese and Onion Pie, it is deliciously moreish and huge, large enough to feed an office full of people who all wanted seconds and request it for every office meeting because it’s that good!  The recipes for Carrot Cake and Spanakopita generously shared with John by his mother-in-law are a delight, thank you Mrs Tsouras. The Spanakopita in particular kept me going for lunch while being busy working from home, it’s equally delicious hot or cold.  The Tomato Porridge, yes that is tomato and porridge together in the same pan, is a revelation, especially with the Ricotta and Spinach Dumplings and is so quick and easy to make. I have never had much joy making scones, but following the Scone recipe here resulted in the most light and heavenly treats, success at last!  My next temptation is the Beetroot Salad, Halloumi Fries and Spicy Harissa Dressing and thanks to the wonder of nabbing an online shopping delivery slot, I’ll be making that in the next few days. I should also add that it’s really easy to downsize the ingredients on the recipes I’ve tried so far for smaller portions.
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I really love the size of this book too, it is packed with recipes but it’s not too heavy to hold while sitting feet up on the sofa and flicking through the pages admiring the beautifully presented and ingeniously photographed food.  It feels very comfortable to hold and with the engaging layout, I’ve found myself thoroughly engrossed reading through the different sections. John explains the recipes in a very down to earth and easily understandable way, you don’t need lots of gadgets or to be an expert in the kitchen to recreate what he’s asking you to do, although I do need to find somewhere that sells a suitable silicone mould for the Tea & Biscuit Choc Ice, because I need that Afters in my life.
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This is a book that shines with love, warmth, inspiration, humour  and incredible food from the first to the last page and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
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Go and buy it, you deserve a treat!
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You can buy this superb cook book from AmazonWaterstones and also WHSmith.
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Why not also consider ordering it from your favourite Indie bookshops, all of whom need our support, especially at the moment.
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About the author
John Partridge is an actor, singer, and new author. He was born in Manchester in 1971, went on to train at the Royal Ballet School, Bush Davies, and Doreen Birds. He has appeared in over 18 major West End Musicals including Cats, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Starlight Express, and Tommy. While he played the role of Christian Clarke in BBBC1’s Eastenders for over 5 years.
There’s No Taste Like Home is his first cookbook following his fabulous win of Celebrity MasterChef in 2018. The recipes are inspired by his family and heritage. All the recipes in this book were cooked and photographed in the authors house, his kitchen by the author.
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John also regularly shares new recipes and ideas on his twitter @mustbejp and Instagram @johnpartridgecooks if you fancy even more tempting dishes.
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Published 2 April 2020

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