Book Club: TV chef reveals his Guilty Pleasures

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After a hard day’s work or when celebrating with friends and family, a little bit of what you fancy really can do the world of good.

In his second book, Matt Tebbutt’s Guilty Pleasures, the chef and TV food presenter, opens up to reveal his favourite ‘Guilty Pleasures’ giving readers permission to indulge with 130 savoury and sweet recipes designed to spoil, comfort and excite.

With a breath of fresh air, Matt has combined his secret love for cult favourites and the occasional ‘naughty’ ingredient with his chef’s instinct for contrast, texture and flavour.

The result is a collection of creative concoctions using affordable, everyday ingredients that can be easily picked up from any neighbourhood shop and are likely to be found in most kitchen cupboards.

Peanut butter, tea and coffee, ketchup and mustard, Marmite, cream cheese, white bread, cola, lemonade and booze all receive Matt’s attention in dedicated chapters that innovatively show how simple touches can make dishes come to life.

Home-kitchen friendly recipes vary from nostalgic ‘guilty’ classics such as Ham Hocks glazed in cola, Beer-can Chicken and Devilled Kidneys to inventive ‘guilty’ dishes such as Ginger and Prawn Gyozas which sneakily replace pastry with white bread and a Chocolate and Walnut Bread which substitutes sugar with lemonade to activate and feed the yeast and provide extra lightness.

Matt said of his latest book, “These are indulgences, not something to feel ashamed of, as long as we keep a handle on things!”