Mamma Makes – Recipes & Stories from Multicultural Britain: Just Like Mamma Used To Make

Mamma Makes is a an e-cookbook comprising of over 55 recipes and stories of migration from some of Britain’s chefs and home cooks inspired by their mums and grandmas.  Each cook provides a mouthwatering recipe that is wrapped up in a brief story of how they and their family migrated to Britain. 

Its aim is to donate all proceeds to One Million Meals which has a target to feed one million nutritious meals and drinks to NHS doctors, nurses, paramedics and key workers at the frontline keeping Britain alive.

From sumptuous baklava to succulent Indian meatball curry, this is a celebration of British diversity and the heritage passed down to second and third generations through the joys of food.  Not only will these luscious recipes whet our appetites, they will give a brief snapshot into multicultural Britain through story, from the grandmother who fled persecution to the mum who migrated for love.

Pistachio cake

With seeds in so many different countries, these recipes mirror how we live and feel in Britain today.  More importantly, at a time where representation matters, these recipes are bound up in authenticity, delving deeper into the roots from which they were born.

Ching He Huang Grandmother’s Chicken Fried Rice

Chefs include Ching He Huang, Vivek Singh (The Cinnamon Club), Denai Moore (Dee’s Table), Shelina Permalloo (Masterchef, Lakaz Maman), Saima Khan (Hampstead Kitchen), Liam Barker (BLKN), Dr Kiran Rahim (The Munching Medic), Ifeyinwa and Emeka (Chuku’s), Sumayya Usmani, Jimi Famurewa (Evening Standard), Saliha Mahmood Ahmed (Masterchef) and Parveen Ashraf (Parveen’s Indian Kitchen ITV) amongst others.

Trini Dhal with Smokey Aubergine by Liam Barker @blknsthlm


“Growing up in India, food was at the centre of everyday life.  Even on a regular day, my mother would cook four meals a day with each one featuring around five dishes! This is my mother’s recipe of a sweet pumpkin pickle and I am a great fan of this rich, sweet and spicy dish with strong flavours. It’s fantastic with parathas and may even be used as a spread in sandwiches or to perk up wraps with.”    Vivek Singh, The Cinnamon Club

The Editor

Fozia Nasir, a TV Producer, created Mamma Makes inspired by her own Filipino mum’s cooking in the kitchen.  Having never really cooked Filipino food until curating the book, with her mum always insisting on doing the cooking whilst growing up, Mamma Makes is both a collection of recipes and stories from chefs and home cooks inspired by their mums, as well as an exploration of Fozia’s own relationship with her mum and food.

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