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.
Today I’m delighted to be joined on booksaremycwtches by another talented cook and baker Jenny with a review of There’s No Taste Like Home.
A wonderful book! Beautiful inside and out, this book is full of warmth, honesty, deliciously-tempting cooking and baking, and such personal stories. It creates the most heartfelt and tempting book you can find! It is packed full of dishes that are fresh, nostalgic, comforting, exciting and inspiring. The recipes are interwoven with wonderful storytelling of family and food. It is a pleasure to read, cook and learn from, with brilliant results from the recipes.
So far I’ve tried a variety of recipes including his Masterchef-winning Custard Tart (wow!), the delicious and deservedly-titled ‘Tsouras family favourite’ Carrot Cake, a show-stopping Sticky Toffee Cake, and on the savoury side, a beautifully tasty Butternut Squash, Goats Cheese and Caramelised Onion Tart, the famously comforting, lovely Cheese and Onion Pie, a richly-flavoursome Tomato Porridge, and more. I have learnt with each recipe, tried new techniques, made things I never thought I would, and have had lovely results.
The recipes are clever, reassuring, enticing and accessible, with beautiful photography, dazzles of colour, and a lovely sense of humour too. The personal stories and family memories that accompany each recipe really make this book stand apart too. Written from the heart, this cookbook and food memoir is packed full of emotion and temptation, and is highly recommended, try it now!
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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.
John also regularly shares new recipes and ideas on his twitter @mustbejp and Instagram @johnpartridgecooks if you fancy even more tempting dishes.