Nick Grimshaw and Catherine Tyldesley cook up a storm at KidsCan charity recipe book fundraiser

By Aimee Howarth

Nutritionist to the stars Jeannette Jackson has teamed up with ten celebrities to create a recipe book in aid of Salford-based children’s cancer charity KidsCan.

StarBites features the favourite recipes of ten well-known faces, and the dishes have been boosted with Ms Jackson’s stress-busting twist to provide meals with optimum nutrition.

KidsCan aims to sell 1 million copies of the book to raise much-needed funds for the charity’s research, as well as providing simple and healthy meals for the parents of children with cancer.

Ms Jackson, a patron of KidsCan, said: “Sometimes we only notice something when it starts to affect our own lives but by buying this recipe book you can help others and raise the charity’s profile.

“The work it does is absolutely invaluable and we approached a number of celebrities and they all wanted to be involved 100%. £1 is nothing for ten celebrity recipes.

“There can be nothing more stressful than finding out your child has cancer and StarBites provides tasty meals that reduce stress levels and help parents  when eating healthily is not their priority.”

The e-book, launched at The Living Room in Manchester includes Beef Bourguignon from Nick Grimshaw, Lisa Riley’s tofu Thai green curry and Monkfish in parma ham for Catherine Tyldesley.

Author of the Drop Zone Diet and with celebrity clients including Chris Evans, Nicole Appleton and Liam Gallagher, Ms Jackson added her tips to the menus to maximise their stress-reduction

And a food demonstration by Ms Jackson – as she prepared Emma Forbes’ super salad – showcased some of the simple and quick recipes on offer.

“Things like this can be made from leftovers in fridge but create a healthy meal with great sources of protein and fantastic nutrients,” added Ms Jackson, who studied bio chemistry at Salford.

All proceeds from the book will go to KidsCan, which was founded by Professor McGown in 2002 and raised more than £275,000 last year towards research into cancer treatment and drugs.

The charity receives no government funding and relies on fundraising and donations to carry out pioneering research, including the use of light to treat cancer and identifying new drugs.

Professor McGown, who spent more than 20 years as head of the CRUK Drug Development Group at the Christie Hospital before becoming Head of Drug Design at University of Salford in 2002, said: “We are quite unique in what we do in our research.

“We research new treatments which we hope will be friendlier and less damaging to a child’s body, with fewer side effects.

“We can’t keep on putting a new product into a child and I believe firmly there are new, better drugs.”

The recipe e-book is available from priced at £1, with all proceeds going to KidsCan, and visit for more information.

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