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I love the relaxed 'Sunday lunch' vibe. And I love cooking comfort food for people, making them full and happy, while we chat about what they eat and what it means to them. Now Unbound have offered me the chance to do both. It’s called A Month of Sundays and it will be a record of 31 happy meals and 31 memorable occasions.
With your help, I’m going to spend the next nine months travelling across the UK (and beyond) cooking. Romantic dinners for two, village feasts, boardroom lunches, teas in the cricket pavilion, street parties, girls’ nights, family reunions, birthday suppers. Anything you fancy that involves people and eating. The madder the better (a Savile Row tailor has already asked me to make him a packed lunch). The location, the menu, the guests, will change. The only thing that will remain the same is me, Hardeep, the cook.
So how does it work?
You pitch an idea for a meal that I could cook for you, your family, or your friends and colleagues (or all of them together) by sending a seductive email pitch to email@example.com.
Your pitch must contain:
1. The reason for the meal – be as creative as you like.
2. Where you want me to travel to
3. When are we cooking?
4. How many am I cooking for?
5. How much are you prepared to pay (anything over the cost of my expenses and ingredients will go to the Shelter From The Storm charity)
6. Obvious flattery
The best ideas – and the most generous donations - will win. Then all we need to do is agree a menu and a date.
How does this become a book?
Even if you don’t end up enjoying the pleasure of my company you can still help make the book happen by pledging for it on Unbound. I’ll write up each of my 31 ‘Sundays', recording what we cook and why. As a subscriber you’ll be able to share in my adventures as I carve off spicy morsels for you to savour in my Unbound Shed. At the end of the year, in time for Christmas, we’ll gather it all up into a beautiful book filled with a 100 recipes for you to cook from, seasoned with real people’s real food stories. Comfort and joy in one lovely package.
10% OF ALL PLEDGES GO TO SUPPORT SHELTER FROM THE STORM
HARDEEP ON THE TASTE OF HOME
The best way to describe it would be as an homage to the carbohydrate. You take a tattie scone (I believe the English call it a ‘potato farl’; no poetry in that name) and, having fried it, you place it within the welcoming confines of a generously buttered morning roll. And then...well, bliss ensues.
I’m a writer and radio presenter, a Glaswegian, a Sikh, a Celebrity Masterchef finalist, the first Celebrity Apprentice to ever get fired, a One Show reporter and a committed bus user.
I was recently appointed a Food Ambassador for Scotland. My love of food is expressed in my larger than average belly and the fact that I write about it all the time. My first book, Indian Takeaway (2008) was a lot to do with food, and I also write for the Observer Food Monthly, the Spectator, The Times, the Sunday Times and Waitrose Food Illustrated. Oh, and I was a member of the judging panel for the Organic Food Awards in 2009.
I do a lot on Radio 4, particularly documentaries on subjects as diverse as the partitioning of India, great British rivers and tight rope walking. I was a Man Booker Prize judge in 2008. I’m also a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust, an ambassador for the Willow Foundation and sit on the committee of Shelter From the Storm, a North London Homeless Shelter.
I’m currently touring Britain with my second Edinburgh show 'Chat Masala', recording two series for Radio 4, one on the Census and one based on trivia, and – hopefully – cooking for you lot…
This book needs
793 more pledges.
All supporters get their name printed in every edition of the book. All levels include the e-book and immediate access to the author's shed. Supporters of books that don't reach their target receive a FULL refund.
e-book edition, access to the author's shed and your name in the back of the book
1st edition hardback (including free UK delivery), e-book edition, your name in the back & access to Hardeep's shed.
Signed, 1st edition hardback (including free UK delivery), e-book edition, audiobook edition, your name in the back & access to Hardeep's shed.
Signed, 1st edition hardback, e-book edition & 2 tickets for one of Hardeep’s legendary 'chat & curry' live shows.
Signed, 1st edition hardback, e-book edition & you get to accompany Hardeep on one of his 'Sunday' adventures.