CAPTION: 'Heavenly Feasts and Burnt Offerings' includes 200 recipes from celebrities, politicians, clergy and local people

Kenn Church Publishes New Celebrity Cookbook Inspired by Lockdown

Posted: 7th December, 2021

A church in Devon has produced a new cookbook as a way of fundraising to support its mission and ministry.

Heavenly Feasts and Burnt Offerings has been created by St Andrew’s Kenn and includes 200 recipes from well-known public figures, senior clergy, politicians.

It also includes dishes from people in the parish.

The project was started just under 12 months ago in lockdown when St Andrew’s, like many churches, found that many of their usual ways of fundraising were not possible.

Members of the PCC (Parochial Church Council) began writing to celebrities including the Rev’d Richard Coles, Gordon Brown and Mary Berry asking for their favourite recipe along with a funny story or happy memory.

Churchwarden, Simon Preece, said, “There was a sub-committee of about six people who got their pens and papers out and started ringing and writing to everyone they could think of.

There are photos and illustrations throughout the book.

“We had recipes from the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prime Minister, the leader of the Commons, Sir Cliff Richard and so many more.”

Recipes include a Chocolate Orange Cake from the actress Joanna Lumley, Cheese on Toast from  Boris Johnson, and “The Bishop’s Summer Special” of Chicken in Lime & Ginger from the Bishop of Exeter.

The Bishop of Plymouth, the Right Reverend Nick McKinnel and the Dean of Exeter Cathedral, the Very Reverend Jonathan Greener, also contributed.

As well as 200 recipes, the book features pictures, including photos of the church taken by a professional photographer and cartoons and illustrations.

Simon said, “We thought releasing a cookbook around Christmas time would be the perfect thing.”

The book, which costs £12.99, took six months to compile, and all costs have been covered so 100% of the profits will go to fund the work of St Andrew’s.

If you would like a copy of the book (or three for £30), please email or visit Kenn’s local post office. It is also on sale at Powderham Castle.